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Get In If You Want To Live is a collection of 19 fiction short-shorts by Minneapolis writer John Jodzio, author of 2010’s If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home. Jodzio is a past recipient of the Loft-McKnight Fellowship award and his work has been featured in numerous publications, including McSweeney’s, Opium, and Minnesota Monthly.

Order one of the limited first editions of John Jodzio's short story collection, Get In If You Want To Live, and find out why why Fred Armisen said Get In If You Want To Live is “lovely and captivating."

From bears hooked on sex outside the species, to hookers hooked on a neighbor’s bomb chili recipe, Jodzio shanghais readers in the course of only a few pages and sucks them into 19 different gonzo worlds populated by intensely unapologetic characters. Each story is accompanied by a specially curated illustration by local and international artists. The entire book was designed using the eye-popping aesthetic Paper Darts Magazine is known for.

“We’re making the arts world inclusive and interactive again,” says Editorial Director Regan Smith. “You don’t have to sit at the cool kids table to share our literary Snack Pack.”

Get In If You Want To Live represents the first step of a unique approach to creative publishing, based on the intimate collaboration between an author/artist/ publisher trifecta. Through unconventional printing practices, Paper Darts Press aims to pioneer the new Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together publishing revolution.




Wednesday
Nov022011

What People are saying:

 "Get In If You Want To Live is lovelyand captivating. 
Every page looks great!"

— Fred Armisen,
Saturday Night Live and Portlandia

 

“John Jodzio is one of those weirdos that is fun to spend time with—not in real life, of course, but on the page —because his stories are laugh-out-loud funny and have a strange, uncanny, and memorable edge to them. And even if you don’t like to read, his book has cool pictures. It was totally worth the $200 I paid for it.”
—Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply
and Stay Awake
***

“Dilemma time. I love John’s writing—I find it funny and all that. But I can’t stand him as a person. So, should you purchase this book? That’s up to you; I’m not your therapist. Consider this, though: I once saw John use a banjo to beat up an elderly man at a bluegrass festival. Like I said, this is
entirely your choice.”

—Mike Sacks, author of And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with Humor Writers and Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason
***

“John Jodzio’s new short story collection is an amazing assortment of things you may have thought about but were too embarrassed to write down. Well, if you feel bad about that, wait ‘til you see the artwork inside here. It’s so good, you’re REALLY going to feel
bad about your stupid self.”

—Mary Mack, non-confrontational comedian popular in Minnesota and up to three non-adjacent counties in Wisconsin
***

Terribly funny stories? Real purty drawings? Classy/ gorgeous design? Check check check.
What the hell is there not to like about this book? I said tell me!!

—Zak Sally, creator of Sammy the Mouse
***

“Get In If You Want To Live is full of genuine laughs for the LOL generation. It’s fantastical whimsy meets potty mouth, gutter mind brilliance with some beautifully twisted artwork to accompany poignantly filthy stories.”

—Kat George,
editor of Thought Catalog



Wednesday
Sep282011

Money Well Spent

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Get In If You Want To Live  

...instead of wasting your money on other useless shit.*

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Thursday
Aug112011

Get to Know the Author

 

PHOTOS OF JOHN WERE TAKEN BY THE LOVELY Louisa Podlich

Paper Darts: If you could compile a Norton anthology of writers that embody a new generation of literature, who would you include? Millions of undergrads would be forced to read this.


John Jodzio:
They are dumbasses for not having done this already. Norton should totally put together an anthology with short stories from these writers:

Rebecca Curtis, Brock Clarke, Brian Evenson, George Saunders, Miranda July, Sam Lipsyte, Dan Chaon, Tom Perrotta, Kevin Wilson, Joe Meno, Alicia Erian, Etgar Keret, Junot Díaz, John Hodgman, David Foster Wallace, Arthur Bradford, Benjamin Percy, and Aimee Bender.

 

PD: Any favorite short story/novel by another author you wish you had written?

JJ: Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about “Adams” by George Saunders. On one level it’s such an awesome and funny story, but then it’s also this wicked allegory on war. Wish I could figure out how to do something like that.


PD: What has been the best part of having your stories collected in If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home?

JJ: Having a book makes you into a much more public person––you need to meet people and give readings and organize events, otherwise your book is going to die a sad, unread death. I’ve really enjoyed all of the people I’ve met through having the book out in the world, and I’ve especially enjoyed all drinks (roofied and non-roofied) that they’ve bought for me. That said, I’m really looking forward to dialing things back a bit so I can concentrate on producing new stuff.


PD: Your writing process is extremely slow––you write one line, go back over it, write another line, go back over both, and so on. Do you approach all your work like this?

JJ: That’s the only way I can really write. It’s tedious and glacial and mostly horrible to have to work that way, but it’s the only way I get things done. I’ve always wished that some bolt of inspiration would hit me and a fully borne story would spill out, but I don’t think that’s ever going to happen to me.


PD: You’re working on your first novel—why now?

JJ: I’ve got lots of reservations, but I think I finally have a good idea for a longer piece. I want to see if I can figure out how to write something that length that works, you know? That said, I don’t think I’m going to stray all that far away from my short story roots. I think it’s probably going to end up being a bunch of longer short stories that are all intertwiney.


PD: We’ve read that you labor over finding the perfect music to listen to while writing. Do you ever find lyrics accidentally creeping into a story or the tone of the writing feeling restricted by whatever song you’re listening to at the time? Or is music just a pure inspiration and momentum builder for you?

JJ: The stuff I listen to while I am writing rarely has lyrics (i.e. Deaf Center, Garamond, Gonzales, Max Richter). It’s usually movie soundtrack music for movies that don’t exist or if they do exist are mostly composed of someone staring out the window of a moving train at a field of windblown wheat. I don’t consciously think about matching things up musically while I write, but if I get stuck in a story I’ll totally switch songs to attempt to see if I can change the room’s dynamic.


PD: What do you think differentiates the Twin Cities art/ lit community from the art/lit communities in other cities you’ve lived in or visited?

JJ: The MSP art/lit scene is small enough to be pretty inclusive, but large enough to provide enough opportunity. There are probably more exciting things happening in bigger cities, but I’d argue that things in those bigger cities are probably way more soul crushing and harder to navigate. Living here is relatively cheap and grant money is pretty plentiful and you can get plugged into things pretty quickly, so what’s not to like?


PD: We stalked your goodreads.com profile. Can you give us a one word review on the following books?

JJ: Fugue State — Blood-diamonds.

      Everything Was Fine Until Whatever — Boyfriend?

      The Unnamed –– WALKING!


PD: Your pop culture taste at a judgeable glimpse:


PD: Movie you could watch 20 times?

JJ: Citizen Kane

PD: Band/song you always put on mixes for people?

JJ: Nas – “Get Down”

PD: Best popular catchphrase of the last 30 years?

JJ: “Bring me your finest meats and cheeses!”

PD: Pop culture icon with an undeserved bad rap?

JJ: Wesley Snipes

PD: Most overrated show of the last 10 years?

JJ: I fucking HATE GLEE.

 

This interview appeared in Paper Darts Volume Three.
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