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From Old Notebooks, by Evan Lavender-Smith

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From Old Notebooks begins as simply a writer’s list of ideas—ideas for stories, films, novels, essays—but soon the writer’s attention turns toward meditations on family, fear of death, literary fame, drug use, teaching, terrorism, pornography, and the weather. The book’s seemingly disparate concerns coalesce to depict a writer writing his way through life and his first book at one and the same time.


"More true to life in its set of preoccupations than many a 'realist' novel or plotted memoir can ever become.... From Old Notebooks is a charm, a goad, an anti-masterpiece of an anti-novel -- a work of art that's easy to enter, and hard to put down." --Stephen Burt, Rain Taxi

"Truly remarkable.... This startling, insightful compendium reminds us what literature is in its endless, mutating forms." --TriQuarterly
"A genius enterprise." --The Southeast Review
"A manic, hilarious, intense vision that makes it so singular it s almost its own genre." --Blake Butler, HTMLGIANT
"This work changes the art of the book and challenges what it means to write and read, to live and tell a story. "--Prick of the Spindle
"Evan Lavender-Smith reveals what other writers, especially first-timers, try to hide.... He makes us shudder and swoon." --The Rumpus
"Finally a conceptual art that is thoroughly literary." --Charles Altieri, author of The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects


Evan Lavender-Smith is the author of FROM OLD NOTEBOOKS (BlazeVOX, 2010) and AVATAR (Six Gallery Press, 2010). He is Editor-in-Chief of Noemi Press and the Prose and Drama Editor of the literary journal PUERTO DEL SOL. His fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and criticism appears in many journals and magazines, including COLORADO REVIEW, DENVER QUARTERLY, FENCE, GLIMMER TRAIN, MEMORIOUS, THE MODERN REVIEW, and POST ROAD.