2015 Roundup!

Here’s a look back on 2015  for the CIRCO blog. #MakingMemories

Last year, THE AUTOMATION was made available for free viewing and downloading on Goodreads. 

Too Many Cooks was a thing in 2015.

“Geek culture” moved one step closer toward pissing people off.

The pen name Adrian Jones Pearson was mistaken for Thomas Pynchon because of his “Cow Eye Press” novel Cow Country. Has anyone read it?

THE AUTOMATION got reviewed in Tales of the Talisman. Four talismans! 

The TV show Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell came out. Gabbler liked it.

We reblogged this critique of Lev Grossman’s The MagiciansIt’s spot-on.

James Patterson was a dick. As usual.

The Movie Ex Machina came out and was, like, the best movie of 2015.

The all-female Ghostbusters cast was announced, and B.L.A. had thoughts on it.

The CIRCO blog surpassed 1,000 likes in 2015! 

Jesse Eisenberg showed some love to the footnote. What a guy! 

Aaaaand you can check out the GABBLER RECOMMENDS category for 2015 books we recommend, like Fifteen Dogs.


Jesse Eisenberg and the footnote:

Jesse Eisenberg has a dilemma. He’s in the studio recording the audiobook for his short-story collection, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, and a particularly footnote-laden story isn’t quite working. “My Roommate Stole My Ramen,” which makes up a significant chunk of the book, follows college freshman Harper Jablonski as she writes effusive—and unwanted—letters to her high school guidance counselor. “Do you think it would work better if we didn’t say ‘footnote’ every time?” Eisenberg asks from the glass-walled booth.

Darren Vermaas, the audiobook’s director, weighs in: “To me, the repetitiveness of that is funny. But that’s one man’s opinion.”

His strength is in dialogue and monologue, and in writing miserable characters who alternately compel (like a 9-year-old from a broken home who writes restaurant reviews) and repel (like Harper, the footnote-obsessed freshman Eisenberg lovingly describes as “maladjusted”). “My only B in college was in short fiction, where I tried to describe a tablecloth for five pages,” he explains. “I don’t do that well. I’d rather describe somebody who tripped over a tablecloth and relate it back to some kind of Freudian experience.”

Harper’s story was inspired by tales of his sister’s college-roommate troubles. He suggested she write a blog called “My Roommate Stole My Ramen,” but she never did, so he took the idea back for himself. Harper’s particular writing style came to Eisenberg while he was filming the acclaimed recent biopic The End of The Tour: “I suddenly had this epiphany that she should use footnotes, because David Foster Wallace used footnotes,” he says. “I thought, ‘Oh, that’s what she is. She’s somebody who overexplains everything, and she’s full of rage and vitriol.’ Then everything poured out.” Eisenberg is uncannily good at capturing a specific breed of insincere teen girl. “The Slutnick [Harper’s roommate] is technically a nice person. Like she always says the ‘right’ things, but it feels totally fake.”

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[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, goodreads, and Vulcan’s shit list.]

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