Jigsaw Youth (Book Review)

jigsaw youth coverTwo years ago, I read and reviewed Tiffany Scandal’s debut There is No Happy Ending and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve been waiting to see what she cooked up next and she delivered her second book in the form of Jigsaw Youth released by Ladybox Books.

Artists and creative types usually fear the dreaded sophomore slump, but this concept must have never came across Scandal’s mind because this book shows her range and how much she has grown since her last book.

The main thing I noticed is the difference in tone and style. Scandal’s moves away from bizarro and grounds us in the real world from the get go.

The novel focuses on our punk rock lesbian protagonist Ella and is told through short yet impactful vignettes. We follow her on the emotional journey on the road with her band, learning how to navigate tough relationships with lovers and homophobic muthafuckas.

Scandal’s prose is crisp, sharp and poetic at times. The dialogue in the book never feels forced and is smooth and realistic. I felt like I could really relate to this characters and genuinely cared about their lives and welfare. This is a testament to Scandal’s diverse skillset.

I could probably harp on and on about how great this book is. Just know that I read this within two days and a chill ran down my spine after reading the last page.

Jigsaw Youth is a punk rock book through and through. It’s powerful, the characters feel sincere, and when you close the book, you’ll be left wanting more.

Buy the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Jigsaw-Youth-Tiffany-Scandal/dp/1940885248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439231410&sr=8-1&keywords=tiffany+scandal

 

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The Mask Behind the Face (Book Review)

mask_behind_face_240x360The Mask Behind the Face is a short story collection written by Stuart Young. The title novella “The Mask Behind the Face” is worth the admission alone. It’s the story of a man with Pick’s disease whose behaviors, hobbies and personality traits shifts. This causes a slight rift in his family life and makes the first part of the book tense. He takes up painting (a new hobby) and becomes pretty good at it within a short time. Later, he sees the face of God shortly after taking up meditation. However, things take a dark turn and nothing is what it seems. There’s a thread of conspiracy running throughout the whole narrative that makes the narrator start to lose it. Young’s prose is lyrical and hypnotic and the pacing his excellent. I’ve tripped a few times in the past off various hallucinogens and Young does a great job of describing this elusive dream-like feeling during the meditation sessions. I’m surprised more horror fans don’t know about this book. This is novella is a cosmic horror gem and I highly recommend it.

The rest of the collection is composed of solid short stories that evoke a Twilight Zone feel and are worth a read as well. Pick this book up.

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The Strange Edge Issue #0

The Strange Edge 0Check out The Strange Edge Issue #0. Weird absurd fiction, an interview with Chris Kelso, poetry, a cover from Matthew Revert, and more. Plus, you can check out my fake album review of Black Crystal’s non-existent album Quartz Mania! The link is below and it’s FREE.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/272129788/The-Strange-Edge-Magazine-Issue-Zero

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Mini Tarot Card Readings Now Available

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I’m offering mini-tarot card readings for $10 on my big cartel storefront. Basically you ask a question and I use the cards to determine the past present and future around subject. So hop on this mystical wave and ask me a few questions bruh bruh.

http://spontaneouscombustibles.bigcartel.com/product/mini-tarot-card-reading

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555 Vol. 1: None So Worthy is finally available!

555 vol 1- none so worthy555 Vol 1: None So Worthy just dropped on Amazon and is part of the first wave of books released by Carrion Blue 555. Contributors were asked to write 55 stories of 55 words each. I have 55 stories in this anthology and I think they’re pretty badass. My section is called “Paradise Falls” and mostly revolves around drugs, urban horror, and surreal weirdness. This probably was one of the most challenging writing exercises I had to do, but well worth it. And anyway who knows me, knows how much I love numerology so 555 is the perfect antho for me. Don’t forget to check out the other contributors, who are pretty amazing in their own right, listed on the attached cover image and you can purchase the book at the link below.

Plus, I still can’t believe they put one of my short stories on the back cover.

Purchase link below.

http://www.amazon.com/555-Vol-None-So-Worthy/dp/0996276823/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434565835&sr=8-2&keywords=joseph+bouthiette

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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment-Surf (Album Review)

soxI’ve been listening to Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s surprise album SURF over the last few days slowly digesting it. Of course I wanted this to be a Chance the Rapper album, but it’s so much more than that. The fact that he actually puts his friends at the forefront of an album and stepped aside says a lot about the man.

It reminds me of a huge soulful jam session. Of course the frequent Chicago collaborators are there such as Joey Purp, Saba, Noname Gypsy, King Louie, Jeremih, etc. The entire collective hits a soul endearing vein of funk and mines it’s just right. The overall warm vibes compliments this summer season and the positive messages come across as truly genuine.

Then there’s the two songs where Donnie Trumpet really goes in on his solo tip. “Nothing Came to Me” is a jazzy expanse resembling something akin to beautiful nothingness. “Something Came to Me” feels triumphant as if Donnie overcome a huge obstacle and finally figured something out. Also, I love the fact that there’s no other vocalists. Simply Donnie and his Trumpet putting in work.

Surf is definitely a win for the Social Experiment and I can’t wait to see what the crew cooks up next.

“Warm Enough,” “Rememory” and “Sunday Vibes” are my favorite tracks this very moment.

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New Interview Flow

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So Christoph Paul recently interviewed me on his fantastic podcast The Passion of Christoph. We discussed Yeezus, hiphop, rap beef, American girls vs. Spanish girls, and life.

Listen/Download the podcast here: http://thepassionofthechristoph.podomatic.com/entry/2015-05-24T23_01_05-07_00

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