I Have Fun Everywhere I Go

Mike Edison?s aptly named memoir I Have Fun Everywhere I Go bears one of the longest subtitles in recent memory: "Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World." And that?s pretty much that -- a perfectly accurate and concise description of the contents contained therein. After dropping out of NYU (where his student film, a postapocalyptic skinhead zombie punk rock musical, goes relatively unappreciated), Edison put his writing skills to use at a mom-and-pop pornographic publishing house (where Mom and Pop were two gay men), churning out novels at the rate of one or two per week. He then went on to write for the aforementioned Notorious Magazines, a list that includes Screw, Penthouse, Hustler (there?s the porn) and High Times (there?s the pot). Strangely enough, his Ivy League father seemed to regard his son?s stint at Wrestling?s Main Event -- where Edison railed against Hulk Hogan and challenged his boss to a throwdown for the title of managing editor -- as the most humiliating gig of all. The punk rockers include the Ramones, Reagan Youth, the John Spencer Blues Explosion, and GG Allin (the guy best known for bringing his fixations with blood, vomit, and defecation to unsuspecting audiences around the world). The serious side to creating general mayhem is here as well: First Amendment rights, (mostly) progressive counterculture politics, and the ways to channel fury into satire. One couldn?t hope for a funnier guide to the doped-up, rollicking good cheer of 20 years in outlaw culture.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."