Who else would combine a lace doily with a half-stripped, bound and gagged tough - the obviousness being another slap to the viewer? Favorite anti-bougie angry gay artist Slava Mogutin is known here for his arresting photography but in Russia, prior to exile, he published seven books of fiction, poetry, and essays, winning the Andrei Bely Prize. Culled from his whole writing life, from teenhood to now, his English debut is a "part memoir, part political satire, part magic realism" mashup called Food Chain, out yesterday from novelist Christopher Stoddard's brand new ITNA Press.
(ITNA is dedicated to releasing "literature deemed too provocative for the mainstream." Its other two titles are La JohnJoseph's farcical orgy/apocalypse fantasy Everything Must Go and Stoddard's own second novel Limiters [Kindle], about Kyle Mason, seen first as a lost 16 year-old raver then as a 26 year-old "sexually compulsive copywriter living in New York City, hyperactively riding the crests of a narcissistic and self-destructive personality.")
Slava has posted a brief text with his photos of Crimea from 2004, when he returned to find a more rundown resort that had, in his youth on visits from Siberia, seemed a Soviet Paradise. His strongest work is Lost Boys and NYC Go-Go.