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Two Dollar Radio is a family-run publisher – it was founded by married couple Eliza Jane Wood and Eric Obenauf, on whose wrists the Two Dollar imprint is tattooed, and their daughter Rio maintains an ineffable presence throughout – that has been gaining a lot of coverage for their reissues of earlier works by Rudolph Wurlitzer.  They have recalled much literary consciousness to his penetrating, hilarious, and invigoratingly bewildering novels Nog and The Drop Edge of Yonder, and they will be reissuing Flats and Quake in October.  I had not read any Wurlitzer before the Two Dollar Radio publications, and am immensely grateful to the press for having introduced me to him.  But I do hope that they manage to escape the long, dense shadow of this redoubtable novelist; the fiction publisher has a great many tremendous titles to its young catalogue – Erotomania: A Romance sticks out: prose that at first comes across as crass for the ostensibly shocking sake of crassness reveals itself, through many very funny and occasionally quite poignant passages, as uncommonly essential to its aesthetic – and it would be a shame that they be overlooked.  One work – thus far, their only – that I’ve found somewhat lacking is The Shanghai Gesture, by the typically very reliable, fun, and insightful Gary Indiana; the tiresome acrobatics of its prose are imbued with a somewhat infective charm in Indiana’s reading of the novel – available on AIR, Art International Radio and BOMBsite –, although even this I would only recommend listening to in a limited and unfinished burst.  I’m waiting in great suspense for the April 2010 publication of Scott Bradfield’s new novel, The People Who Watched Her Pass By, from which a tantalizing excerpt appears in the most recent Black Clock, as I similarly am for all of their as-yet-unpublished works.

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