The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus

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9781892590473: The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus

Here's the first novel from ULA PRESS, the publishing arm of the world's most exciting literary activist group (see LiteraryRevolution.com for more info). It was first published as seven issues of a very popular zeen. So it has already proven its mettle! The PFE is a comedic novel about a garage rock band in a college town. It's told from the point of view of the band members who are all housemates. So it's a house novel, too. But unlike most rock and roll novels---which tell the story of a band rising to stardom---Emus is the story of a local band that never makes it big but rocks on anyway. The author is a longtime garage rocker himself. Possibly because of this the book has an interesting layout. It's set up in a musical way. Each chapter title has an A-side/B-side and a lead-in. The 4 main bandmembers/housemates then each tell a story which is labeled as an intro, verse, or chorus. There's a coda to wrap things up. A new person in the chapter gets to do a middle eight. But that's not all: each of the main housemate/voices gets his own typeface which sets his story apart. The bandmates live their own lives but who ever sees similar events in the same way? As is the rule with ULA PRESS projects, the PFE is more realistic, fresher, bolder---and thus funnier---than somewhat related work by big publishers. It's also bawdier and perhaps rougher, as if a real person wrote it instead of a committee buffed by profs and backed up by lawyers. ULA PRESS offers vital lit again for a change.

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About the Author:

Wred Fright denies he was raised in the wild by emus, but he has played guitar and sung in such bands as The Escaped Fetal Pigs, Anal Spikemobile, Rage Against Dabney Coleman, and Team Fright. He currently roams the former USA serving as the Ohio Bureau Chief of the Underground Literary Alliance. He studied zines for his PhD---the first person to do so! His website is wredfright.com. When he does readings he usually plays some quality thrash rock, too. He puts on a show. He has a surprise heckler / maniac sidekick. It's rock'n'roll.

Review:

I found myself laughing out loud a number of times, and that's rare. --Zine World

It's like the Monkees with sex and booze. If I was a TV producer I'd buy the rights to the Emus and shop them around as the Monkees of the New Millennium and we'd have a hit. --Xerography Debt

This zine is one of the best I read. --Blank Generation

EXCERPT:
By promising the local band These Fags Are Pissed! a spot at next year's city arts festival, for which he is apparently now the musical director, George wrangled us a Sunday afternoon practice at the T.F.A.P. house.
"House" however probably isn't an accurate description... I can't imagine how these guys live here, but they do. There's holes in the walls, holes in the ceilings, holes in the floor, holes in the roof. The floor in one room upstairs is almost completely gone and they've just balanced couches on the remaining support beams so that one has to surf across the couches to cross the room.
There are other worries, like how to get into the basement where These Fags practice since the stairs to the basement have all rotted away. We have to actually climb down a rope to get down there to practice. "Sorry dudes," one of These Fags tell us, "The ladder broke last week."
Fortunately, These Fags are letting us use their equipment, and in this damp, dark, dank, disgusting basement, sitting up on rickety, broken down, wooden pallets above puddles of water are the biggest amplifiers, most expensive guitars, and nicest drumset I've ever seen...
One Fag says to me, "We figure why spend money on rent when we can spend it on getting bigger amps and better guitars."
Another Fag says, "Unfortunately, since the stairs rotted away, we haven't been able to play out because we can't figure out how to get the equipment out of the basement without damaging it."
"But practice kicks ass," yet another Fag says. --The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus

I found myself laughing out loud a number of times, and that's rare. --Zine World

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