Mike Young

“The Peaches Are Cheap” from LOOK! LOOK! FEATHERS by Mike Young

It occurred to me, hanging out with Mike Young last weekend, that I/maybe we have not talked enough about Mike’s really fantastic collection of stories, LOOK! LOOK! FEATHERS here on HTML Giant. I will endeavor to do so, to at least offer an impression of each story, over the coming weeks.


Placed at the beginning of the book of stories is “The Peaches Are Cheap,” a flash meant maybe not just to be itself, but meant instead to be the slow, disjointed, “look around, case the joint,” opening of all that comes after. It’s a couple of dudes in a car, and all the stuff they see—all this stuff that promises to act like hooks through the rest of the book. These hooks on which we hang the answers to our “where the fuck are we” questions. Hang the things we unpack to learn about where the whole where of the book is. READ MORE >

Author Spotlight / 9 Comments
March 9th, 2011 / 6:45 pm

Look! Freaks and Feathers on the West Coast

Mike Young and Jamie Iredell are flying out to the west coast today (on an airplane, I think). They want to read to people on the west coast. They are nice people. They are calling their reading tour “Freaks and Feathers.” If you’re on the west coast and interested, check out their reading schedule.

Pilot Books, Seattle WA (TODAY 7pm)
Ampersand, Portland OR (3/5/11 7:30pm)
Ashland Public Library, Ashland OR (3/6/11 7pm)
Rancho Parnassus, San Francisco CA (3/7/11 7pm)
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA (3/8/11 8pm)
KKUP 91.5 FM, Cupertino (3/9/11 8pm)
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CA (3/10/11 tba)
Skylight Books, Los Angeles CA (3/12/11 5pm)

If you can, say hi! They’d like to see you too.

Events / 5 Comments
March 4th, 2011 / 5:42 pm

Mike Young and Rachel B. Glaser, talking

Mike and Rachel met in 2007 in the popular Northampton hangout “Hugo’s.”  They were both friends with the charismatic Chris Cheney and all three were enrolled in the Umass-Amherst MFA program.  One year Rachel lived with Cheney and a bunch of troubled cats.  Mike lived really far away.  The next year Rachel lived with Mike in a clean looking apartment (like repainted recently and tastefully and blandly) that they kept pretty messy.  Then Rachel moved to a big polluted fancy loft space and Mike stayed in his collapsed book palace.  Then they got their books (Pee On Water and We Are All Good if They Try Hard Enough) published by Publishing Genius as part of Publishing Genius’s ‘platonic friends publishing plan.’

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Rachel: Why didn’t we hang anything in our apartment?

Mike: hahaha i am not sure, i thought we did
we hung that poster behind the TV
i feel like there was at least one painting in our living room

Rachel: The ‘painting’ you are referring to, is this switch plate cover that my cousin made that was instead of a normal light switch cover.

Mike: ah yes!
that was it

Mike: hmm ok let me think of a question READ MORE >

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December 13th, 2010 / 2:43 pm

becrazed pickle pickle pickle 5!

11. Paula Bomer book. Mike Young book. Word Riot. Pre-order special ends Dec 1. I reckon you better.

2. Calvino died before finishing his memo on Consistency.

14. From Paper Cuts.

Audience Q: How do you know when you’re getting better?

Lorrie Moore: Maybe you don’t.

Audience Q: How do you know when you’ve found the right ending?

One of the Brooklyn guys named Jonathan: Maybe you don’t.

5. internet stunts versus blurbs: is there a difference? (Or how do I get Tao Lin’s name into this post?)

77. My computer crashed two days ago. Do you back up your writing? How and how many times? Any horror stories like when Hadley lost all of Hem’s stories on the train, etc?

Roundup / 28 Comments
November 22nd, 2010 / 12:27 pm

Mike Young’s All Good for Free

Dennis Cooper said (our own) Mike Young’s collection of poetry, We Are All Good if They Try Hard Enough, is an absolute stunner, and that even though they’re just great poems, he “can’t think of a paragraph anywhere that can match them for style or cover their emotional distance.”

One element of the emotionality of Mike’s poems, which is evident from the funny but sincere video I’ve posted below the fold, is his interest in the way humans communicate and miscommunicate. The book’s epigraph is from Martin Buber, after all, and says, “When they sang of what they had thus named, they still meant You.”

I’ll be giving away three copies of Mike’s book. To win one, leave a comment below describing a miscommunication that was funny or ended up with a positive outcome, or just anything about a miscommunication. Mike and I will select three winners based on a complicated set of guidelines this Friday, so please make sure to leave a way I can get in touch with you.


Contests / 19 Comments
September 20th, 2010 / 5:55 am

Nerds In A Van

East of the Mississippi? You won’t want to miss the Glaser/Lyalin/Young tour that’s ravaging the right side of the map.

6/16 – Philly
6/17 – DC
6/18 – Richmond
6/21 – Atlanta
6/22 – Durham
6/24 – Baltimore

Get all the dates and links and stuff from Mike’s blog.

That DC reading is an exciting one – it will be the first in the new series from Barrelhouse. The concept is to feature presses/journals, not just individual writers. That is a sensible way to create a good reading; if the publisher has a good aesthetic, the reading will showcase their authors and the event will make good flow. Future presses with Barrelhouse readings coming up include Dzanc, Rose Metal, and Artifice. This one on June 17 (this Thursday) features Publishing Genius and, now in their 7th year, Narrow House (click for a SICK 7th year special offer — 7 things for the price of 1).

Events / 16 Comments
June 14th, 2010 / 11:58 am

They are laughing a little which is good, right? Which means they feel good? Good. Feeling good is good. Money is good. Amusing is good. Know is good. Smart is good. Whatever is good. Wow is good. Hey is good. Country is good. Beautiful is good. Start is good. Good is good.

Advanced Edition Shipping June 14. Order Up.

Author News & Web Hype / 16 Comments
June 2nd, 2010 / 1:56 pm

Some of us like HTML Giant contributor Mike Young. So we wrote birthday sestinas for Mike Young. Happy (now belated) birthday, Mike Young!

Mike Young weighs in off-site on yesterday’s gender boink. “Why do you need to have that stupid haircut to maintain civil order? You don’t.”


–  Jackie Corley’s Word Riot Press, which published Midnight Picnic by me, just announced that they’re going to be publishing collections of short stories by the excellent Paula Bomer, former HTMLGIANT contributor and good friend of mine (here’s a short story by Paula called “A Galloping Infection”) and the excellent Mike Young, editor of NOO Journal and also a good friend of mine (here’s a short story by Mike called “Ten Gallon Bucket of Fries”).

–  New story by I. Fontana at Spork.

–  I was walking through the grass today and saw a black snake as long as my arm but as thin as a pencil go slithering right in front of me.

–  A huge pink-eyed white cat was yowling under my window at dawn.

–  Did you read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell?  I read it on a plane.  It made me think I can never be successful.

–  I can’t wait to read The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis.  (Great title.)  I get the feeling most of my literary peers don’t like Amis much.

Random / 44 Comments
December 29th, 2009 / 3:21 pm