An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living

An Open Source Journal
published through the Auspices of the Poison Pie Publishing House
Knoxville, Tennessee

 

February 10, 2018
Kickstarter: 2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician

Without undue fanfare, the Poison Pie Publishing House, which hosts the IJEML, has launched its first Kickstarter project. If funded, this project would result in the publication of a hardcover version of 2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician, a post-existential fantasy generated through a non-idiomatic improvisational creative process.

The novel follows two neighborhood boys, Oscar and Omar. Oscar is a member of a white working class family, whose fortunes are in decline. Omar is the son of first-generation immigrants, professionals from Iran. These two boys navigate a friendship in the social landscape reflecting the political events of 2017 as they happen and the social tensions created by the current president and his policies.

The novel is subtitled, The Rise and Fall of the Renegades of the American Muslim Registry. It responds directly to the president's suggestion, voiced during his campaign, to create a list of all Muslims in the United States, citizens or otherwise. That such a registry has not come to pass is a result only of the vigilance of those who reject such a list as inherently immoral.

The purpose of this Kickstarter project is to provide a high quality hardcover book to bibliophiles, who would like to hold a physical copy of the novel in their hands. The book will be six by nine inches in dimension and approximately 395 pages in length (365 pages of story plus indices and front matter). The book will feature a hardcover binding with cream interior paper (60# weight). The dustjacket will be made of paper (80# weight) with full-color exterior ink and a matte finish. Beneath the dust jacket the book will be bound in a black linen material with gold foil stamping on the spine. The project runs through Monday morning, March 12, 2018. The full text of the novel remains online via free, anonymous access at the Poison Pie Publishing House (link).

 

October 6, 2017
You Haven't Seen Everything Until You've Seen a Woman Playing Pedal Steel Guitar: An Interview with Susan Alcorn
The eleventh issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. As part of the course, "The Golden Age of Non-Idiomatic Improvisation", offered at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an interview with Susan Alcorn was performed. The IJEML is pleased to publish the interview in its entirety.

 

June 20, 2017
On the Fifth Anniversary of the Electronic Reincarnation of the Poison Pie Publishing House: An Interview with Hebeloma Crustuliniforme
The tenth issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue acknowledges the fifth anniversary of the current manifestation of the Poison Pie Publishing House, since it was electronically reincarnated with a web-based presence in the fall of 2012. Mr Otis Gardener interviews a staff member, Ms. Hebeloma Crustuliniforme, who has been with the publishing house since its renewal. She speaks on a variety of topics including the essential nature of failure as it relates to their otherwise inscrutable business model.

 

March 10, 2017
Sisyphus ver. 2.1
The ninth issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue provides a commentary on the changing perception of Sisyphus and the futility that he represents. It focuses on how the human institutions of our modern society have created a new interpretation of Sisyphus. It seems especially relevant in this current climate of corporate efficiency and political partisanship.

 

September 30, 2016
Thoughts on the Annual Review
The eighth issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue provides a commentary by Hebeloma Crustuliniforme on the vocabulary often used in institutionalized annual performance reviews. It provides a criticism of the language then offers alternatives intended to create an annual review process not only more palatable but more productive for superiors and subordinates alike.

 

June 24, 2016
Mary Halvorson vs. Régis Faller: A Juxtaposition of Four-fold Reviews
The seventh issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue features a highly geometric review of four albums by the American guitarist, Ms. Mary Halvorson, and four children's books by the French author and illustrator, Mr. Régis Faller.

 

May 14, 2015
A Literature of Non-Idiomatic Improvisation: A Condensed Statement
The sixth issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue features a reprint of the one-page summary of A Literature of Non-Idiomatic Improvisation, available in issue 5 of the IJEML.

 

May 14, 2015
A Literature of Non-Idiomatic Improvisation
The fifth issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue features a reprint of the seminal article investigating the application of the non-idiomatic improvisational creative process to literature.

 

May 11, 2015
Post-Existential Fantasy: A Definition
The fourth issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue features a letter defining post-existential fantasy and its application to literature.

 

April 10, 2015
Spring Thoughts in Pursuit of the Improvised Novel
The third issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue features a letter discussing the potential of the improvisational creative process in generating a novel.

 

February 23, 2015
Music for a Sunny Day in Japanese
The second issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living, featuring an hour-long playlist composed of the music of Keiji Haino, suitable for a carefree stroll on a sunny day, has been translated by Mr. Takeshi Goda into Japanese. It is available on his blog, A Challenge to Fate.

 

February 5, 2015
Music for a Sunny Day
The second issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue features an hour-long playlist composed of the music of Keiji Haino, suitable for a carefree stroll on a sunny day.

 

April 30, 2014
The Inaugural Issue is Published
The inaugural issue of An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living is published. This issue features an uncompromising interview with the Editor-In-Chief of the Poison Pie Publishing House, investigating the philosophical underpinnings as well as the practical survival techniques of the PPPH.