Thursday, 5 October 2006


The Leakoids: Newsalizing The Nation by Neal Wilgus is a chapbook of highly amusing 'broken' news stories and satirical 'counterfactual' reports from the murky corners of imaginary worlds. Here, we discover the possibility of Schrodinger being arrested for animal abuse, the worrying truth about the famous 555 phone number prefix used in films and TV, and that (according to the US Bureau of Historical Revisions) the 'pledge of allegiance' is a fake.

There are short-form tall tales where dogs sue for divorce, men are allowed to marry sheep, plankton rustling is rife, laughter is taxed, a ferry strike halts all traffic of damned souls across the Styx, the island of Cuba is arrested for speeding, the gold at the end of the rainbow is safely locked away by US troops, inter-dimensional border controls are tightened to limit citizenship for alienoid subversives, Gaea is admitted to hospital, and the Sun goes out...

With sketchy illustrations by Filomeno Martinez, this monstermash collection of fantastic absurdities, anything-goes what-ifs, and Pythonesque bureaucracy gone hairy-eyed wild makes for entertaining teabreak reading.

No web presence for the publisher, but Leakoids is $10 from...
Juxtopedia Press
927 Camino Hermosa
NM 97040

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