Archived News from the Poison Pie Publishing House.

News Updates From 2017:

 

On-going Blog Series
2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician; updated daily in 2017
A Survey of Bestiaries; updated each Saturday in 2017

June 21, 2017
An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living
An International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living has published an interview with Ms. Hebeloma Crustuliniforme, staff member of the Poison Pie Publishing House. In this interview, conducted by the inimitable Mr. Otis Gardener, Ms. Crustuliniforme speaks on a variety of topics including the essential nature of failure as it relates to their otherwise inscrutable business model. This issue is loosely associated with the approaching 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. As always, the content of this issue and all previous issues from IJEML is available via free, anonymous download.

 

May 23, 2017
Phallus impudicus
The yard in front of the Poison Pie Publishing House was invaded by none other than Phallus impudicus, also known as the common stinkhorn. For those unfamiliar with the stinkhorn mushroom family, the gooey poopy-looking stuff on top is an integral part of its reproductive system. The spore mass smells of dung and attracts flies to help disperse the spores. In truth, it did not smell quite as disgusting as it looked. We have encountered close relatives of this creature in the past and included them in the illustrated story, Poison Pie vs. Stinky Squid. For those who wish to skip straight to the images, the story includes several encounters with stinky squid and one with the elegant stinkhorn. (There was also an unusual pfifferling.) This story dates from June, 2000 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

April 14, 2017
Cherry & Dogwood Blossoms in April
The blossoms on the cherry and dogwood trees in the yard of the Poison Pie Publishing House have arrived on schedule, each in their characteristic forms.

 

April 6, 2017
Myxomycetes
The staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House have maintained an interest not only in fungi but in myxomycetes (slime molds) as well. The myxomycetes in this picture was photographed at the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee in the year 2000. The myxomycetes felt finger puppet (also pictured) has appeared in two illustrated books published by the Poison Pie Publishing House: Tales of the Mushroom People (2011) and Tales of the Mushroom People II: Call of Cthulhushroom (2012).

Why do we mention this? It turns out that a new documentary on myxomycetes, The Creeping Garden, has been recently released. We recently viewed it and discovered a meandering pace and an artistic vision that appealed to us. Moreover, the soundtrack to the feature-length film is by the fellow practitioner of non-idiomatic improvisation, Jim O'Rourke. The most recent instalment of the trio featuring O'Rourke with Keiji Haino and Oren Ambarchi, I wonder if you noticed "I'm Sorry" is such a lovely sound It keeps things from getting worse, made our list of favorite records released in 2016.

 

April 5, 2017
Tulips in April
The staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House discovered five tulips along the side of the house. These flowers were also planted by the previous occupant of the building, presumably somewhere around the turn of the century. Some number of them (usually less than five) have continued to appear each year over the course of more than a decade.

 

March 31, 2017
2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician Index of Musicians
An experiment in the literature of non-idiomatic improvisation, a novel titled, 2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician, continues. As of today, one quarter of the year, or 90 days, have passed. On each day of 2017, a short passage is written and added to the novel. The writing appears on the same day as it is generated at this location. Interested readers are encouraged to bookmark the location and establish a routine in which they check back daily. Each day the writing is performed while listening to a different piece of music, which is identified after the passage. For the curious, several indices are being generated, noting the artists, labels, countries and years of the recordings. As the first quarter of the year has passed, the staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House have posted the indices as they stand today. The page numbers in the index correspond to a book, which currently does not exist, in which each page contains the writing from a single day of the year. Thus an entry of "1" in the index corresponds to January 1, 2017 and an entry of "90" corresponds to March 31, 2017. The index is posted as a pdf file here.

 

March 10, 2017
New Issue of the International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living
The International Journal of Exploratory Meta-Living has published 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. As always, the content of this issue and all previous issues from IJEML is available via free, anonymous download.

 

February 19, 2017
Cherry Laurel Sound-Effects
The lone cherry laurel located on the boulevard, where the Poison Pie Publishing House sits, is the first tree to bloom in the spring. We approached it to admire the blossoms and were soon encompassed by the buzz of activity of numerous other creatures already drawn to the attraction.

 

February 16, 2017
Daffodils in February
The staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House discovered three daffodils along the front of the house. These flowers were planted by the previous occupant of the building but have continued to appear each year over the course of more than a decade. These flowers can be considered a resilient gift from someone we knew only briefly and then in a transactional way.

 

February 10, 2017
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
The staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House ventured outside this February evening to observe a penumbral lunar eclipse. Those among us with a taste for the brash found this celestial phenomena to be a rather understated affair. This photo was taken from Knoxville, Tennessee at about 7:44 PM, near the height of the action.

 

January 1, 2017
2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician Begins
An experiment in the literature of non-idiomatic improvisation, a novel titled 2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician, is begun today. It will consist of 365 short passages, one composed for each day of the year. The writing will appear on the same day as it is generated at this location. Interested readers are encouraged to bookmark the location and establish a routine in which they check back daily. Since it has not yet been written, at this point we can, of course, say no more about the nature of the work, since it remains fluid and ambiguous.

 

January 1, 2017
2016: The Year in Review at the Poison Pie Publishing House
As noted in the previous End-of-the-Year Report for 2015, the staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House was mortified to discover that they had achieved all of their goals set forth for the year. They resolved to not be so productive (a bourgeois virtue if ever there was one) in 2016. Accordingly, only two modest goals were set for the upcoming year: the publication of a new post-existential fantasy generated through a non-idiomatic improvisational creative process, The Portable Library of Hong Samud and an illustrated book based on the work being conducted by Miss Ruth Marie Keffer in the experimental laboratory.

It is with no small degree of pride that we report utter failure on both counts! Neither book was published. The editors at the Poison Pie Publishing House (PPPH) decided The Portable Library of Hong Samud possessed too many virtues to submit to the indignities of what the PPPH claims to call the publication process. Thus, after careful editing, it was privately printed in a very limited edition and then made immediately unavailable. A few copies were given away. To emphasize the uselessness of the endeavor, they did not even claim these business expenses as a tax-deductible loss. As for the promised illustrated book, while substantial progress was made on the illustrations, their in-house writer of non-idiomatic improvisation utterly refused to participate in the process, claiming his attentions were solely devoted to another project (only recently completed) The Ornithological Collection of Uwetsiageyv. Thus this illustrated project remains in limbo.

So what, if anything, was accomplished by the PPPH staff during the long year of 2016? Well, funny you should ask. We note five items below.

The staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House is no longer setting annual goals. Here they aspire to a much lower standard, namely thinking, idly if possible, about potential activities in the following year. A variation on the non-idiomatic improvisational process is under way, titled 2017: The Year of the Every-Day Magician. This manuscript shall be posted to this blog as each piece is written. We also remain optimistic that the work of Miss Ruth Marie Keffer in the experimental laboratory may lead to an illustrated book in 2017. We have, of course, high hopes.

To our readers, we, the staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House, thank you for your patronage and support and we look forward to another mutually creative and unpredictable year.