Many thanks to Damyanti Biswas at Daily (W)rite for a great set of things to think on.
So it turns out "Pacazo" is how you say "Pacazo" in German. Das ist überwältigend! Many thanks to Jessica Beer at Residenz Verlag, and to the translator, Anke Burger.
July 8, 2014, 12:30 p.m.Category: Pacazo
Many thanks to Mike Meginnis for his time and terrific questions, and to HTML Giant for the sweet location. In his intro Mike says that you should skip the ending, where the internet connection starts to disintegrate and we can't hear what the other person is saying, but I think it's the VERY BEST PART. Bonus points to all those who catch me saying "e-book" when I mean "e-reader," and pronouncing "rock" weirdly, and being bad at math.
I missed this when it first came out, but am grateful now: many thanks to Desmond Traynor for reviewing Pacazo in The Sunday Independent. He says, “(T)he writing is beautifully cadenced, recalling the arresting simplicity of William Carlos Williams.” Just wait until he sees my wheelbarrows full of plums.
In a breathtaking maneuver I don't totally understand, Amazon has just named Pacazo one of its Hot 100 Titles for the month of August. Meaning the ebook is $1.99. Can you even believe that? I know, right? But here it is, right before our very eyes.
August 1, 2013, 10:53 p.m.Category: Pacazo
Some more great news: Pacazo was just awarded Word Riot Inc.'s 2012 Paula Anderson Book Award. Many thanks to Word Riot publisher Jackie Corley, and to everybody at Dzanc who had a hand in bringing Pacazo to life - they've never stopped investing in the book, never stopped looking for opportunities to spread the word, and I am grateful.
Many thanks to Chris Narozny for reading (and recommending) Pacazo: “Roy Kesey’s Pacazo offers just about everything you could ever think to love in a novel: a narrator with a keen mind and a messy life; paragraphs that, structurally, move like sonnets; and a clearly delineated plot serving as a kind of mooring post for digressions that, in true Cervantean fashion, are not digressions at all but rather the real substance of the book... This is the best novel I’ve read in a long while.”
Many thanks to Allan Jones and Uncut Magazine for an amazing review of Pacazo in their May issue: "500 pages of mesmerisingly wrought anguish, violence and derangement reminiscent of the best of Robert Stone or Denis Johnson. (…) There's an hallucinatory quality to much of Kesey's writing, feverish connections made between Segovia's present and Peru's past, ...tenses blurred and overlapping, then and now becoming one in stunning juxtaposition."
Some great news - big ups for Pacazo from Malcolm Forbes in this weekend's Times Literary Supplement: “Pacazo is a richly capacious book... a full-blown affair which, once we sift and filter the exhaustive detail, reveals itself to be a searching study of love, loss and the corrupting and redemptive power of time.”