"Absurd, Kinda Dirty, Hilarious…"

Sharp! Funny! Ruthless! There are so many words to describe Andrew Altschul’s debut novel Deus Ex Machina, which, by the way, is on sale now, available for order here and here. It’s a salacious and super-smartly written entertainment biz book that really answers the age old question of what would happen if a group of shameless, fame-hungry, despicableloveable souls were all trapped on a desert island together? You’ll probably want to pick up a copy of this sexy little thing a) because it’s the dead of winter and this is exactly the kind of reading experience we need right now and b) you’ll want to prepare for Andrew’s Happy Ending appearance at the May 4th show at Joe’s. Who’ll have sex? Who’ll get eaten first? Who’ll get to stay on for one more week??

From the author himself, here’s a sneak-preview list of five more things you’ll like about Deus Ex Machina:

1. Beautiful cover by The Believer‘s Alvaro Villanueva.
2. Much (much!) shorter than Lady Lazarus.
3. Get behind the scenes of a reality tv show.
4. People eating squirrels. (No actual animals were harmed.)
5. Special celebrity guest appearance by ________________.

And here are nice things some (VIP) others have said about Deus Ex Machina: 

“Searing, riveting, shockingly smart, and imbued on every page with a wicked sense of humor… The tragicomedy of our time.” – Stacey D’Erasmo

“Rarely has societal critique come with more mayhem… an anarchic assault on the dehumanizing power of media.” – Publishers Weekly

Deus Ex Machina manages simultaneously to be philosophical, absurd, kinda dirty, hilarious and, well, Real… Think Shakespeare’s The Tempest gone distressingly and wonderfully modern.” – Rivka Galchen

More dirt about book and author can be found on Andrew Altschul’s website.


A New Beacon to Light the (Artsy) Way

Those of us who, in the new year, have resolved to expand our horizons, discover new things, and just in general be smarter, better people, will be excited to learn about BeaconPass, a super streamlined and user-friendly site that finds, curates and categorizes arts events in New York City.  Users can search for events by date, category, price and location, or browse the listings free-form to find an immediate cure for the winter doldrums or a lackluster Saturday.  BeaconPass guarantees they feature “only venues with strong arts-focused missions and goals…that stand out from the crowd; the ones that present inspiring performances in intimate spaces night after night,” and aim for variety and quality above all else.  Great for taking the guesswork out of arts-ing around town.  Follow BeaconPass on Twitter (@BeaconPassNYC) for up-to-the-tweet event news, and visit them at www.beaconpass.com for complete listings.

Don’t Go in the Crazy Car

I’ve been a very bad blogger and for that I apologize. My absence is due to many things, most of them sad, but the un-sad ones include working on a new integrated website where a new and improved blog will appear. Hopefully I’ll be unveiling that in the next few weeks. Until then, check back in for random things Kayla Morse (Classy) and I like and want to champion. Like Olof Arnalds.

Also, this is a total aside, but I bought a Danelectro guitar and I am very, very obsessed with it. I am teaching myself how to play and my new goal is to learn a song well enough to play it at Happy Ending. See, I take risks, too! I won’t sing, though. I am happy to risk my own life, but I would never risk yours…

Listen here. I love Olof Arnalds, and so should you….