Under the Influence #5, The Literary Psyche

UNDER THE INFLUENCE #5, THE LITERARY PSYCHE written by Kurt Baumeister October 12, 2018 ran initially at Entropy Magazine Intro Wherein Michael A. Ferro regales us with tales of reading anti-plotter David Foster Wallace. Chris Campanioni makes up words (a tactic I hold in high esteem) as he discusses everything from digestion to the nature of possibilities. …

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Under the Influence #3, Rediscovery

written by Kurt Baumeister August 8, 2018 I’m changing the format here a bit. I’ll have some words on the month’s contributions at the end. For now, let us celebrate the contributors. Kerry Cohen was just on the Today Show a couple weeks ago. Yeah, that Today Show. Holy Hades! Bud Smith is a one-man literature factory. Every time I turn around, dude …

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THE ARENA OF LOVE, a short story

Sunday Stories: “The Arena of Love” By Sunday Stories On June 10, 2018 · 0 Comments · In Sunday Stories The Arena of Love by Kurt Baumeister 1 The Little, Blue Gumshoe Reginald Van Meter wasn’t blue, but he looked it. And not euphemistically, in some down-in-the-mouth, bummed-out-pumpkin sense. Reg didn’t look blue because his wife, kids, and beloved dog, Sinatra, had …

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Under the Influence #1, The Origins Issue

written by Kurt Baumeister June 5, 2018 I remember the clarity of that day’s sky, horizon-filling and cornflower blue, the sunshine that dominated the quad beyond the windows of the university library. Which is ironic, since I was inside paging through back issues of literary journals. Maybe I remember the sky so vividly because of what I …

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Kurt Baumeister Interviewed by Matt Norman for J.M.W.W.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 The World of Pax Americana: An Interview with Kurt Baumeister Earlier this summer, I had the chance to interview novelist Kurt Baumeister about his fantastic debut novel Pax Americana. Part lit fiction, part thriller, part revisionist history, it's one of the most unique books I've read in a very long time. Here's a transcript of …

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Kurt Baumeister Interviewed by Tobias Carroll for Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“We Carry Our Demise in Our Original Intent”: Kurt Baumeister on “Pax Americana” By Tobias Carroll On June 20, 2017 · 0 Comments · In Featured, Interviews, Lit.   Kurt Baumeister’s new novel Pax Americana is a tale of espionage, politics, and technology that could alter human society forever. It’s set in the near future–but this is also the near future of an alternate timeline, where …

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Deaths of Distant Friends (or, John Updike F#cking Rocks)

By Kurt Baumeister for The Weeklings Published August 29, 2016   I.   My relationship with John Updike was a complicated one in that it didn’t really exist. Or did it? With writers, it’s tough to say. We can have connections, important ones, without ever meeting. They can be solitary admiration societies, one-way friendships of …

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