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Stuck Up by John Dolan

Another one of John Dolan’s long-forgotten poetry collections, Stuck Up is distinguished from People with Real Lives Don’t Need Landscapes by having a semblance of a plot. Each of its poems are presented as part of the story of “a resentful, defiant, absurd figure sulking in Canada’s North Woods,” presumably Dolan himself. The book’s very title refers to […]

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People with Real Lives Don’t Need Landscapes by John Dolan

It’s easy to forget that prior to his career as The Exile’s book critic and his writing as the War Nerd, John Dolan was a poet. Not a very popular one either; as he lamented in a NSFWCORP article last year, he never could “get anybody to read the nice, simple gory stories I told with linebreaks because they […]

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Pleasant Hell by John Dolan

If John Dolan and I were to ever meet, I’m pretty sure that we would not get along. He would see me as an obnoxious reactionary jerk; I would see him as a sniveling, defeatist dweeb. Nonetheless, Dolan is probably the closest thing I have to a personal hero. John Dolan is best known for […]

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Elliot Rodger Goes to Paris

NOTE: This article was originally published at Right On on January 12, 2016. I’m re-posting it here as the site is now defunct. In the Sky is a gripping portrait of late-19th century loserdom, an omen of 20th century comic confessional writers such as Louis-Ferdinand Céline and Charles Bukowski. It also serves as an explanatory apéritif […]

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Welcome to the Divide… by .S.P. Daley

Welcome to the Divide… is a first for me: a book that is completely unreviewable. I can’t say it’s a good book, but I can’t say it’s bad, either. .S.P. Daley’s (that’s not a typo: his pen name has that extra period) debut novel is a dense digression on individuality, collectivism and dystopia, written in squid-ink prose and […]

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The Death of Ideology by Blair Naso

Stop the presses: the manosphere now has a poet laureate. Or at least it will in a few years. The Death of Ideology, the debut of my Return of Kings colleague Blair Naso, is far better than a book by a kid in his early twenties has any right to be. A compilation of poetry, short stories and song […]

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Heroes and Hedonists by William Rome

Heroes and Hedonists is a second poetry collection from Legend of the Great Trek author William Rome, consisting of shorter poems he had originally planned to include in that volume but had to excise in order to keep the price down. I’m not sure if this was the wisest course of action, because while Rome has […]

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Confessions of a Would-Be Wanker by Andy Nowicki

This book is the intellectual equivalent of being shoved feet-first into a meat grinder. In Confessions of a Would-Be Wanker, Andy Nowicki’s first nonfiction title, he lays bare the chaos and conflict of his soul for all to jeer at. Nowicki’s numerous fiction works, from The Columbine Pilgrim’s psychological profile of spree shooters to Heart Killer’s erotic revenge story, […]

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The Matt Forney Show, Episode 48: Ultimate Q&A Session (of Fun)

In this edition of the podcast, I celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Matt Forney Show by answering questions posed by you, the readers. Topics covered include: The secret to making a living online How to become a better writer Living and working in the North Dakota oil fields How John Dolan taught me how […]

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A Reader’s Manifesto: An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose by B.R. Myers

Are you sick of overwrought metaphors, unnecessarily big words and mawkish moralizing dressed up in highfalutin language? You’re not alone. The American literary establishment has been in the grip of talentless hacks for at least the past three decades, with shysters like David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy, Paul Auster and others allowed to pass off […]

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