September 25th, 2014 / 5:19 pm
Author Spotlight


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ok, Judson, so why should we read YOUR book ???

Let me answer your question by way of analogy, I had a dream recently, in which I asked Ashbery to look after my two kids and when I came back they were parked in front of the TV in the living room, seemingly unharmed. I looked around and found Ashbery clad only in a pair of tidy whities rolling around laughing on the bed, deep in conversation with a woman in her 70s, an old friend apparently. They were lost in reminiscence, they’re faces lit up with the joy of nostalgia, and I didn’t have the heart to be angry with him.

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The Sugar Numbers (by Judson Hamilton)

Then he jumped up and joyfully began to pop lock, like in some shitty kid’s video,with electric cutout arms blinking blue, red, yellow and that pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. It’s surprising, delightful and absurd.

To answer your question by way of digression, about 6/7 years ago I started receiving emails that looked as though somebody had fed the better portion of the western canon through a shredder and then affixed it to emails, I assume to bypass the spam filter. I liked some of the initial juxtapositions that turned up and began playing around with the text, and while I was doing that, a narrative emerged from the depths in the form of: a Speed-hearing Judge, his brother the Duke of Marmalade and, Morel and Valentine, the two servants trying to overthrow them.

Look, I know Syria’s been forgotten and the Congo’s a mess and let’s be honest who needs another book-length absurdist narrative on their bookshelf, am I right? But we’re all doing what we can and together we can right this ship…. that and the e-book version shouldn’t cost you more than a trip to the taco truck, so what’ve you got to lose?

(Judson Hamilton 9/2014, Poland)

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One Comment

  1. JevJango

      You should read this book because it is ahead-hitter. Often it was difficult for me to get my head round some of the stories. It made me consider, or rather ask questions and explore ideas that I would not normally think about as I focus on my daily routine called life.

      The book made me laugh too and the language is in my opinion poetic, but not
      in a soft way (I don’t want to put anyone off, it is a compliment). My favourite stories are ‘in the pit’ and ‘Duke Danglers of Marmalade’ real head

      Some of the characters Judson Hamilton wrote about, I admit scared me – I am
      not exactly sure why though, perhaps that is the point. Actually, it was a bit
      of a surprise, I didn’t expect to get so much from it. It is true that I am a
      short story fan anyway, but if I can sum it up, It is a enjoyable book that
      makes you think and I like that.