Each month, Gorsky Press posts three new short stories for free download and streaming on the Gorsky Press Bandcamp page.
This month, we proudly present:
Kate Durbin reads an excerpt from her novel Kim’s Fairytale Wedding
Kim’s Fairytale Wedding is a faithful transcription of Kim Kardashian’s internationally televised wedding to basketball player Kris Humphries, after which she filed for divorce from Humphries within 72 days. Kris Humphries has been erased from the text.
Mary Hamilton reads her short story, “Fucking Birds”
A faceless man makes a grim discovery about a cherished pet. Originally ublished in Indiana Review, Winter 2011.
Todd Pound reads an excerpt from All & Nothing, a novel-in-progress.
All & Nothing stars an aspiring editorial cartoonist suffering professional and personal crises amid the waning days of the 2004 Presidential campaign. It's a somewhat cautionary, romantic tale about a nagging tendency of young men to second-guess most everything, particularly big decisions with long-term implications. The story features pages of the protagonist’s sketchbook interspersed within the text, along with odes to Peanuts, baseball, the punk zine Cometbus, The Mekons, Northern California surfing, and, especially, the sound advice of grandmothers.
This snippet features a reunion of sorts between the story’s protagonist, Charlie, and an old flame, Kate. While the surfing and punk scenes have been well received by readers, I really wanted to try reading this section. It was a pain-in-the-ass to write.
Todd Pound is a writer, illustrator, and designer living in Northern California. Right this very second, he is probably playing baseball with his two sons, while humming a Mekons tune and wondering (selfishly) if the surf is any good.
If you enjoy those stories, check out the first six rounds of Gorsky Press Short Stories:
Bianca Barragan reads “The Formation of Cataracts in Northeast Los Angeles”
Cassie J. Sneider reads a section from her graphic novel in progress, Deer Toyota.
Taleen Kalenderian reads “How to Leave Cities”
Gabe Durham reads “Tough Love Couples”
Justin Maurer reads “Down on the Boulevard”
Rev. Norb reads “Pogologue”
Amelia Gray reads “On the Illness”
Mike Huguenor reads “Dog Police!”
J. Ryan Stradal reads “The Augustus Mackinnon Story”
Patrick O'Neil reads "Something's Wrong"
Sarah Tomlinson reads an excerpt fromThe Year of Mister Nobody.
Scott O'Connor reads an excerpt from Untouchable
Antonia Crane, from her upcoming memoir Spent.
Ben Loory, “The Man and the Moose”
Sean Carswell, “Big Books and Little Guitars.”
Matthew Hart, “Legacy of Brotality”
Jim Ruland, “The Jungle for Real”
Todd Taylor, “We Called It War”