Joey Goebel Mass E-mail Newsletter, Vol. 2, Summer 2013: New novella, new album, and a whole lot more for you to read about, young sportsmen.
It’s funny that sending out a mass e-mail now feels old-fashioned. I don’t know if I’m supposed to apologize for doing so or explain why I don’t correspond through Twitter or Facebook. (By the way: If you’ve “friended” Joey Goebel on Facebook in the last few months, I have nothing to do with that Facebook page. It appears to be auto-generated from my Wikipedia page, which I also am not responsible for.) At any rate, for now this is how I prefer to make announcements once or twice a year, and in hopes of keeping my e-mailing list alive and well, if you get one of your friends to send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and simply write, “So-and-so told me to add myself to your e-mailing list,” I will send both you and that friend a personalized postcard that features the covers of one of my novels. (Or you can kindly ask that I leave you alone, if I am bothering you.) As for the news:
I’ve had 100 copies printed for our own Valentine & Garuda Publishing. The black comedies are five short stories. If you wish to purchase a copy, go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentineAndGaruda
The cost is $12 + shipping and will include a download code for the book’s soundtrack (I’ll explain in a moment), plus I’ll inscribe it to whomever you’d like.
2. New business Valentine & Garuda: found & handmade objects, clothing & more. Valentine & Garuda is a Kentucky-based web business where kitsch and functionality make friends and bear children in the form of vintage clothing, home goods, jewelry, handmade oddities, art, textiles, and other weirdo-chic objects from the American Southland and surrounding areas. Valentine & Garuda is owned and operated by my wife, Micah Goebel. We obviously encourage you to do all of your Thanksgiving Day shopping there.
3. Big reveal I am Unscrewpolis. Five years ago, I began a social experiment. I created an alias named Unscrewpolis, an overly-amorous pop-hip-hop-r-&-b singer who sings mindlessly sexual songs like “Granny Panties” and “Bed” (a ballad). The idea was that I would give myself thirty minutes to write each song, since from what I was hearing on the radio, the typical pop song sounded like it could not have taken more than half an hour to conceive. I assumed that with the help of online social networking, this would somehow result in overnight success and an obscene amount of money, of which I would promise to give ten percent to charity (in Robin Hood mode). Well, as it turned out, I couldn’t even get selling out right. I will say, though, that Unscrewpolis has managed to get himself nearly two thousand friends on MySpace—more than I had before deactivating my own account. (By the way, the Unscrewpolis MySpace is still up, should you have the need to be repulsed by a sampling of his ghastly music.)
What does this have to do with anything?
Well, the novella, Summer Man is about the life and death of this Unscrewpolis character, told from the perspective of the uptight ghost writer hired to follow around the hard-partying pop star on his last summer tour. So it only made sense to include Unscrewpolis’ musical masterpieces, hence the download codes which will accompany each copy.
4. New album I have done more musically the last five years than write purposely horrible pop songs. (There are some accidentally bad ones too.) You see, all the time I was teaching English at the community college, working on novels #3 and #4, and freelance writing, I was also slowly building a twenty-two song album of folk-punk songs under the name Dr. Lawyer. (See Jr. Bailey cover art.) The album is finally finished (some songs featuring former Mullets Jason Sheeley and Justin Hope) and is being shopped around at various labels, though there is a good chance I’ll just release it digitally. Regardless, you can get a preview of Dr. Lawyer’s music at the following sites (*note that I do not manage these sites, and if you wish to contact me, please e-mail me at email@example.com):
Oh—and I must thank all those who came to the Dr. Lawyer shows, both here and as part of my reading tour in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. I had never intended to play as Dr. Lawyer live, and I now see it was one of the better decisions I’ve ever made.
5. New novel I Against Osborne (Ich Gegen Osborne), my fourth novel, has been published by Diogenes Verlag. For right now, it is only available in German. The manuscript is currently at Penguin, Random House, Little, Brown and Company, and Grove/Atlantic, and as soon as I have any news on the English publication, I will post it on my newly refurbished website, which leads me to . . .
6. New joeygoebel.com It’s now a fully functioning site, and the LATEST NEWS section is updated regularly. New interviews, photos, songs, etc., can be found there.
7. Various updates Work on fifth novel novel has begun . . . French rights to I Against Osborne have sold, so French readers can expect a translation in the next year or so . . . Diogenes to release paperback edition of Vincent this summer . . . And local filmmaker Bradley Glick is shooting a Mullets documentary.
8. Recommendations While I have your eyes, I’d like to take this opportunity to recommend a new novel by absurdist filmmaker/playwright Kelly Broich. His wildly unique book is called Precious and can be found at facebook.com/collapseproductions . . . Also, in way of music, the So So Glos are one of the best punk bands I’ve heard in a long while . . . Meanwhile, Little Joe recommends PBS Sprout (especially Caillou), Hot Wheels, and the Yellow Submarine movie.
Alas, I thank all of you who came to my readings in March. It was the best book tour I’ve had, by far, and was beneficial for my self-esteem. Bless all y’all!
Kiss My Grits,