It's been a long run for THE2NDHAND, the little magazine -- not even a magazine in any traditional sense, but rather a broadsheet, perhaps the last periodical on earth to be launched without a prefabbed website to bolster its offset-printed pages (though 'twas to follow shortly, publishing flash and serial fiction weekly from late 2000 on).
We mean: THE2NDHAND is a page. A big one -- 11x17-inch block of black text peppered variously with photo-illustrations, comics, line drawings, distributed in storefronts first in Chicago, then in an ever-growing list of cities around the U.S.. New writing, simply, has been its focus since I founded it in 2000 -- a small-format its physicality, but a loud mouth and a big heart its most important parts.
All Hands On: THE2NDHAND after 10 will be published in 2011 to celebrate and lay down the best of the mag's 10+ years of publishing writing by the budding insurgents of the American lit landscape -- and others, no doubt. True to form, the book begins with a section of new, as-yet unpublished work. We've launched the Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to print 500 copies of the book, essentially. By contributing $14 or more, you can preorder a copy of the 300-plus-page book, which collects work from 40 writers, 3 illustrators, three editors, and a couple janitors, all told. Check out the extras available at the $20 and $25 levels, too, from our signature bergamot-infused bar by Alabama soap maker THE LEFT HAND to several books by contributors and editors.
For less, $10, you can buy one of the headers -- a reward I'm excited about for the whimsically poetic, or prosaically hilarious (think of it as our little satirical take on vanity publishing), possibilities contained therein.... Lay down your three-character(or less) superlative/transitive verb as smackdown or uplift/interrogative/clever gibberish ahead of "THE2NDHAND" on the left-facing pages' headers within the book. Contributors in this manner will be indexed in the tome's back pages.
For more about THE2NDHAND, visit THE2NDHAND.com and peruse our past broadsheets and online-magazine archives. I'll be updating this page as selections from some of the new work to be published in the book become available in special-edition broadsheets we're working on. The first such piece, Chicago writer Michael Zapata's "White Twilight," is the featured story in our broadsheet No. 35, out now.
Also, I'll be sharing previews of some of the artwork included therein -- Chicago artist Rob Funderburk, formerly our main design man, has been working on illustrative portraits of the special-section writers included, for instance.
And for some in-process photos of the wood block-printed envelopes -- custom-cut and laid down by Nashville printmaker Martin Cadieux -- housing special collections of THE2NDHAND broadsheets on offer here at higher donation levels (including a very limited boxed set of the entire back catalog), check out this blog post from early November. And thank you.
All hands needed, yours, truly,
Editor, THE2NDHAND, http://the2ndhand.com
ALL HANDS ON: THE2NDHAND AFTER 10, A READER
The 300-plus-page All Hands On collects previously unpublished stories by the likes of past contributors Nadria Tucker, Patrick Somerville (The Cradle) and Joe Meno (The Great Perhaps) as well as new faces like Amanda Yskamp, Ben Stein and others. Special sections over the bulk of the book are occupied in most instances by multiple shorts from our best repeat writers, from Meno, Somerville, Tobias Carroll, and Al Burian to Heather Palmer, Jill Summers, Kate Duva and longtime T2H FAQ editor Mickey Hess (Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory). A full list of all represented contributors follows, along with other specs of the book.
ALL HANDS ON: THE2NDHAND After 10, 2000-2011, 300+ pages, perfect-bound paperback, a reader edited by Todd Dills w/ an introduction by T2H coeditor C.T. Ballentine and featuring new work and other features by: Michael Zapata, Jamie Iredell, Patrick Somerville, Amanda Yskamp, Nadria Tucker, Fred Sasaki, Ben Stein, Susannah Felts & Todd Dills, a mini-epic poem (“Chicago”) by Doug Milam, Matt Cahan and Mike Nowacki
**Cover design by Featherproof Books’ (and T2H contributor) Zach Dodson
**Illustrations for the lead section by comix artist/cermacist Andrew Davis
**Author illustrations by Chicago artist and T2H janitor-in-residence Rob Funderburk
**Special sections with multiple short stories by Marc Baez, coeditor C.T. Ballentine (including the entirety of his “Friedrich Nietzsche Waits for a Date” novella), Philip Brunetti, Al Burian (the Burn Collector zine and associated books), Tobias Carroll (“The Scowl” blogger), Spencer Dew (Songs of Insurgency), Kate Duva (cohost of our Chicago “So you think you have nerves of steel?” reading series), David Gianatasio (Mind Games), Mickey Hess (Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory), Joe Meno (The Great Perhaps, Hairstyles of the Damned), Jonathan Messinger (Hiding Out), Doug Milam (Still the Confusion), Anne Elizabeth Moore (Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity) with comic adaptation by Josh Bayer, Greggory Moore, Kevin O’Cuinn, Heather Palmer, Michael Peck, the Pitchfork Battalion (a collaborative crew with roving membership, including many of those already listed, plus, featured in the book, Sean Carswell, Jim Murphy, Emerson Dameron, John Minichillo, Motke Dapp, and Dominique Holmes), Lauren Pretnar, Patrick Somerville (The Cradle), Jill Summers, Paul A. Toth (Finale), and Nadria Tucker.
- (90 days)