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Beyond-the-Grave Buzz for FLAPPERHOUSE X!

XSome of literature’s deadest legends are buzzing about our latest issue, FLAPPERHOUSE X (now available in print & digital PDF editions)!

If you haven’t got it, you can’t show it. If you have got it, you can’t hide it. And let me tell you, FLAPPERHOUSE X has truckloads of it. And not only that, if you don’t have it, then  FLAPPERHOUSE X will give some of it to you.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“When I was six I had a chicken that walked backward and was in the Pathe News. I was in it too with the chicken. I was just there to assist the chicken but it was the high point in my life. Everything since had been anticlimax– until I read FLAPPERHOUSE X!” – Flannery O’Connor

“I’ve lived my whole life thinking of myself as the only real man. And if I’m right, then a limpid, lonely horn is going to trumpet through the dawn some day, and a turgid cloud laced with light will sweep down, and the poignant voice of glory will call for me from the distance — and I’ll have to jump out of bed and set out alone. That’s why I’ve never married, and why I sleep every night cradling a copy of FLAPPERHOUSE X in my arms.” – Yukio Mishima

“bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!” – James Joyce


This Week in FLAPPERHOUSE History

photo (1)10 years ago this week, our editor & editorial consultant meet when they begin employment at New York’s Strand bookstore on the very same day. (Though not at the exact same moment; Mr. Mazzara, a well-disciplined former Marine nearing 30, arrives to work on time, unlike Mr. O’Brien, then a far more insouciant kid of 23, who arrives 15 minutes late.)

Both are rather introverted, but they soon bond over their shared appreciation of punk rock & movie trivia & Philip K. Dick. For the next two and a half years, Mr. O’Brien constantly seeks Mr. Mazzara’s opinion on good literature, and is introduced to great writers like Alan Sillitoe, Raymond Carver, Thom Jones, & Yukio Mishima.

They both (voluntarily) leave the Strand in 2007, yet Mr. O’Brien continues to exploit Mr. Mazzara’s literary acumen, although now it’s to decide which stories are flappy enough for FLAPPERHOUSE. Here’s hoping they’ll work together on this venture far longer than their first…