HELLO and welcome to the June issue of the Barrelhouse Buzz, the e-mail newsletter that could...or can...or, uh, just maybe might, possibly, if it ever got off its ass and got its shit together. Check below for the latest news and other stuff we've managed to dig up. Thanks for supporting Barrelhouse!
New fiction online by Aaron Pease ("Smooth Operator," which is the name of the story and not of Aaron - trust us, that's as it should be) and Joe Killiany ("Baldy") - two great new stories that address the dark underbelly of American icons Jerry Lewis and the Mall Food Court, respectively. Try 'em, you'll like 'em:
Also the premiere of what we hope will be a regular feature: the Pop Culture GrudgeMatch. This episode features Mike Ingram against himself in the mammoth battle of "The OC vs. 90210." (We take pop culture seriously - we tried to warn you about that going in.) A sample: "The OC's cast of characters should get down on their beautiful teenaged knees and suck the humongous c**k that is 90210." Got your attention? Check it out here:
FREE STORY OF THE MONTH:
Here's where we'll take advantage of all the other stuff out there to link you to a free online story we think is especially cool. Perfect for reading while you're waiting in line at the deli, sitting on the can, or perhaps enjoying a relaxing 80 mph drive down the interstate.
This month's story, "Midnight at the Admiral Semmes" by the kickass Michael Knight, appears on the Five Points web site. Ch-ch-ch-check it out:
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:
Christian design rocks! Christian rock designs!
Who would play on Jesus' baseball team? Who would win in a football game between Christianity and the Forces of Evil? Exactly how easy is it, anyway, for a Christian puppeteer to score a record deal? Check out these album covers for the answers to these and other essential questions:
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"Well goddamit. I'll be damned if I let some foreign-graffiti writin' soul suckin' sonofabitch in an oversized cowboy hat and boots take my friends souls and shit 'em down the visitor's toilet!"
-- Bruce Campbell as the geriatric Elvis Presley, from the movie "Bubba Ho-Tep" (which you should really see as soon as possible)
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