Zero Squared #86: Zen City

Eliot Fintushel is the guest this week as we discuss his novel Zen City which was published by Zero Books in June. The book received a starred review in publisher’s weekly:

Zen City succeeds brilliantly, deftly weaving a tragic romance that’s about all of us, and none at all.

Thanks goes out to Tom B, Nick M, Emanuel K, and Paul C, for becoming Zero Books Club members.

Zero Books Club members gain access to our new Inside Zero Books Podcast, are invited to participate in bi-monthly online workshops in critical theory or, get access to audio books from our Advancing Conversations book, and receive occasional promotional discounts on selected Zero Books.

This episode includes an explanation of Zen from Alan Watts along with some instructions on how to ride a bicycle. The music you’re listening to right now is Stereolab’s “Fried Monkey Eggs” but in just a moment you’ll be listening to Fintushel describing life in Zen City.

29 Sep 2016, 11:33pm
by Anonymous wimp


(Very petty comment with apologies in advance: the site was maybe modified a few weeks ago…? It seems very slow to load and the formatting is now sort of awful — it’s lousy on the iPad and it used to format nicely to the iPhone screen proportions — using “” doesn’t help. It would be great if the site worked a bit like it used to and especially nice if it formatted to mobile devices more seamlessly.)

30 Sep 2016, 2:20am
by douglaslain


I’ll see what I can do.

for the most part i enjoyed this novella it would make for a good comic in the old heavy metal style.

30 Sep 2016, 7:35am
by Anonymous wimp


( Good work. today’s tweak has helped and the site is no longer buggy in chrome on the iPhone. )

Big fan on the zero books podcast and the original diet soap. Agree about the suggestion for a “metal hurlant” graphic adaptation, or at least triply Moebius-sequel cover for the book.

30 Sep 2016, 7:39am
by Anonymous wimp


Bugger. Autojumble modified things. Should be “at least” and “trippy” and “moebius-esque”. Nothing zen about how AI and thumbs can subtly and constantly turn ephemeral missives into incoherent koans.


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