Release Date: March 2, 2015
Civil Coping Mechanisms
Today I am unemployed. So far, every day feels like a Saturday. Yesterday while I was driving around in the middle of the morning running errands something felt wrong. It felt like I forgot something. I kept looking down to make sure I was wearing pants.
Reality is weighted, heavy. It is an anvil tied to the all of you, pulling you down. Extra gravity. At night it turns to locusts. A tiny, swarm with equal heft. They nest inside the mind. They are a wriggling, restless mass. They don’t let you sleep.
“Today I Am A Book is maddening, the ‘I’ bringing you in close only to wink and push off again. It is an alluring, irresistible book. And it was written by xTx. That should be all you need to know. She is a master and we are her grateful subjects.”
–Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls
“Today I Am a Book actually feels like many books, wound expertly into one. It’s a book of compelling narratives. A book of destabilizing experimentation. A book that entices you with wild imagination and then bucks you with raw and real emotion. A book that makes you laugh, then gasp. It is surprising, rollicking, and powerful; a perfect stage for xTx’s singular vision.”
–Diane Cook, author Man V. Nature
XTX is a writer living in Southern California. She has been published in places like The Collagist, PANK, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, Smokelong, Monkeybicycle and Wigleaf. Her story collection, Normally Special, is available from Tiny Hardcore Press; her chapbook, Billie the Bull, is available from Dzanc Books. xTx’s story, “The Mill Pond” won the 2012 storySouth Million Writers Award. She says nothing at www.notimetosayit.com.