Pablo D’Stair is easily the hardest working man in independent literature. The guy has operated his own publishing press (Brown Paper Publishing) for a few years now, he continuously produces his own amazing fiction (he’s authored about 43,000 books, I think), he’s innovative with his means of extracting meaningful dialog between author and reader (see: The Predicate Dialogues, and Norman Court for his latest projects in this space) and he works tirelessly to apply critical analysis to fiction in a way that maintains intellectual integrity without compromising accessibility. Above all, he’s a passionate thinker.
Though I’ve known Pablo for a while (I was involved in his first The Predicate Dialogues back in March 2010), his most recent critical contributions, and his inclusion of my novel Stranger Will, leave me no less impressed. Pablo is currently conducting a series of Six Investigations of the Act of Reading for the Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka’s largest circulation English newspaper, according to the logo above).
Here’s a bit from the introduction to the series:
In the order of the series, the authors and works I will be using, as well as the slant to each investigation, are as follow-Stephen Graham Jones, the Bird is Gone: a manifesto (Context); Caleb J. Ross, Stranger Will (Genre); Goodloe Byron, The Wraith (Subtext); Amelia Gray, AM/PM (Type); D. Harlan Wilson Peckinpah: an ultraviolent romance (Referent); Brian Olu, So You Know It’s Me (Framing). While familiarity with the works has no bearing on what I investigate in the series, it also couldn’t hurt-various excerpts, reactions, discussions can be found regarding all of these titles may places online. Additionally, I welcome any and all contact with regard to this series and will respond to all correspondence. I can be reach through firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is my sincere hope that this series will both be somewhat intriguing toward a further delving into the contemporary American Indie scene, and (moreso) that it will encourage a particular self-consciousness to reading which I believe is to be valued above all else, whether reading is done for leisure, study, or is merely dabbed at, incidentally.
I am damn excited to follow this series. More posts to come, for sure.
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About Caleb J. Ross
Caleb began writing his sophomore year of undergrad study when, tired of the formal art education then being taught, he abandoned the pursuit in the middle of a compositional drawing class. Major-less and fearful of losing his financial aid, he signed up to seek a degree in English Literature for no other reason than his lengthy history with the language. Coincidentally, this decision not only introduced him to writing but to reading as well. Prior this transition he had read three books. One of which he understood.