Monthly Archives: December 2012

The End of the Year BIG Classic

At the end/beginning of each year I read one BIG classic novel that I’ve been meaning to get to. The idea is to slow down amid the ruckus of the holiday season and take the time to immerse myself in something long and time-honored. And, of course, to fill some of those yawning gaps in my reading. Thanks to all who weighed in on my 5 finalists (Liz Flock, I love you, can we still be friends?). My choice: DON QUIXOTE, in the relatively new translation by Edith Grossman.PicassoDonQuixoteSancho

One new poem

…here in the winter issue of Flutter:

Thanks for reading and happy holidays,


Corey’s End of the Year List

Corey’s End of the Year List:


Best book I read this year:  Hans Fallada’s “Every Man Dies Alone”

Best 2012 book I read this year:  Steve Stern’s “The Book of Mischief”

Honorable mention: Peter DeVries’ “Reuben, Reuben”

Best nonfiction book I read this year: Sylvie Simmons’ “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen”



Best movie I saw this year: “Tokyo!” (Gondry/Carax/Bong)

Best 2012 movie I saw this year: “Moonrise Kingdom” (Anderson)

Honorable mention:  “Lacombe, Lucien” (Malle)

Best documentary: “I Am” (Shadyac)


Best new cd I got this year: They Might be Giants’ “Venue Songs”

Best 2012 cd I got this year: Neil Young’s “Psychedelic Pill”

Honorable mention: Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby’s “A Working Museum”


Best television series: “Boardwalk Empire”



A blurb for Frank Comma and the Time-Slip



“An entertainment, Mesler’s short novel is half erotica, half fantasy, and half comedy. It’s for the reader to sort out the math. And as any reader knows, erotica can become repetitive, the Kama Sutra notwithstanding. Mesler overcomes this by having his hero, Frank Comma, who becomes isolated in a time-slip, writes short-short sexual fantasies involving aliens, to entertain himself. Fortunately, these fantasies always have some comic quirk: a gigantic pleasure mate, aliens with transposed sexual organs and so on, in the spirit of Gulliver gone porn. And a side plot develops: Frank Comma has left a son and wife–unwittingly and unwillingly in the real-time Memphis. Lo, in Frank’s time-slip Memphis a porn star appears who gradually, over time-slip years, becomes human. A new son is born. Complications arise, and a quest begins. The plot’s end has a nice twist. Look, this is an entertainment: snuggle up one night and spend two or so hours with it. You’ll giggle and be happy.”

–Joe Taylor, author of Masques for the Fields of Time, and The World’s Thinnest Fat Man

It can be ordered here. 



Two new poems

…here in The Blue Hour Magazine:

Frank Comma at Burke’s

My novella on sale at my bookstore.

Frank and CoreyFrank Comma on the counter

Say, you wanna hear Corey read an excerpt from his new science fiction novella?

It can be found right….HERE. Frank Comma final