The White Horse
"...Bill Cotter's new novel, The Parallel Apartments, should come with one of those Government Warning Labels...."
"...You see the book that's on top, mostly: Fever Chart by Bill Cotter. You see that one book on top, like you'd see the disposable diaper hastily wrapped around a wounded & profusely bleeding hand because, ah, because there was a profusely bleeding hand – and a disposable diaper happened to be the nearest & most sensible solution under the circumstances. We all tend to use whatever's nearest and passably sensible, regardless of the situation; and if, sometimes, the solution is as absurd as a diaper wrapped around a bleeding hand, well, there it is: Life, in all its fucked splendor. The fucked splendor depicted in Cotter's Fever Chart concerns the romantic and violence-fraught misadventures of a mentally unstable schlub named Jerome who works his way through heartbreak and hardship within the bon-temps-rouler culturescape of New Orleans with such warped and self-sabotaging determination, described with such insight and precision, you might be like, "Uh, John Kennedy who?" I judged the book by its cover first, had meant to get a copy years ago because of the Ron Regé Jr. illustration and because it's published by McSweeney's..."
"...My friend Bill Cotter, the author of the terrific novels Fever Chart and The Parallel Apartments, is also a dealer in rare books: An essay he wrote about that occupation was recently awarded a Pushcart prize. The man's professional bibliomongering is why, when I was scoping out the works on display at Northern-Southern Gallery's current "Letters" exhibition, I thought of him..."
"...Anthony Marra's extraordinary debut novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena attracted massive attention last year for its ambitious and prescient portrayal of characters in war-torn Chechnya. Local authors Bill Cotter, whose The Parallel Apartments is an ode to Austin, and Elizabeth McCracken, who has a new collection of quirky stories out this year, will be presenting as well, alongside Mary Miller, a recent Michener Center for Writers graduate making her debut with a roadtrip novel titled The Last Days of California...."
"...But ultimately, the judges settled on Raul Garza's "In the Room" to take top honors – a scene from an ad agency that includes a conniving boss, some sea-worthy banter, and one very dissatisfying whiskey. It's a narrative folks in many industries will relate to, noted Lauren Modery at our judges' dinner, but with a touch of humor – "and humor isn't easy to write." The strong dialogue kept Bill Cotter interested, and last year's winner Benjamin Reed said he held this story as the standard to which the other nine had to compete...."
"...1, San Antonio's Wings Press will publish Dave Oliphant's memoir, Harbingers of Books to Come: A Texan's Literary Life, in which the 70-year-old poet-publisher-historian-(deep breath)-translator-educator explores his life through his books (25 and counting). And Austin couple Bill Cotter and Annie La Ganga will celebrate the upcoming releases of his and her books – his: novel Fever Chart (McSweeney's); hers: the "prose poem memoir" Stoners and Self-Appointed Saints (Red Hen Press) – with a joint book release party this Tuesday, Aug..."
"...Yes, this is another one of those seemingly innumerable Fusebox events. This one's the brainchild of Elizabeth Doss and Annie La Ganga, who figured people would enjoy seeing the inner sanctums (more technically: sancta) where various professional scribes ply their writerly trade here in the ATX. I, your humble reporter Brenner, am among those writers – as is my fellow Chronicle toiler, Robert "Arts Editor" Faires. Also part of this The Writer's Room: A Home Studio Tour event are the aforementioned La Ganga (along with her boyfriend, the writer Bill Cotter); popular blogmistress and marryin' minister Spike Gillespie; the playwright Amparo Garcia-Crow; author of the upcoming & highly enchanting Summer and Bird, Katherine Catmull; and that amazing wordsmith with the fists of a tiny killer,Ms..."
"...And the fiction list is a veritable who's who of the local literary scene: Sarah Bird (Above the East China Sea), Elizabeth Crook (Monday, Monday), Rolando Hinojosa (The Valley), James Magnuson (Famous Writers I Have Known), Philipp Meyer (The Son), Elizabeth McCracken (Thunderstruck and Other Stories), Meg Gardiner (Phantom Instinct), Jeff Abbott (Inside Man), Bill Cotter (The Parallel Apartments), Dean Young (Fall Higher), and Carrie Fountain (Instant Winner) … to name a few...."
"...You see? Lenny Kleinfeld? The former Chicago playwright and journo who for three decades has made a living writing screenplays that get optioned but never developed out there in Hollywood? You'd think it was Bill Cotter writing under a pseudonym...."
"...Bill Cotter was born in Dallas in 1964. His fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly, The Paris Review, the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere..."
"...Fever Chart This McSweeney's hardcover by Austin author Bill Cotter is the precise book for anyone who loved A Confederacy of Dunces, but especially for anyone who was a bit disappointed, after all the hype, by A Confederacy of Dunces. Fever Chart is a hilarious and achingly human picaresque set mostly in those parts of New Orleans that the city's chamber of commerce would prefer to forget..."
"...This month's Teleportal Reading links arms with McSweeney's to present live readings from Ausitn's Bill Cotter (Fever Chart) and Annie La Ganga (Stoners and Self-Appointed Saints), teleportal readings by James Hannaham (God Says No) and poet Dean Young, video from Wholphin, and a surprise musical guest. It all goes down tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 30), 8pm, at the Hotel San Jose (1316 S..."
"...6:00 Music by Southpaw Jones 6:30 Reading by Amelia Gray 6:45 Reading by Bill Cotter 7:00 Music by Jennifer Ellen Cook 7:45 Reading by P. Tyson Midkiff 8:00 Music by Alina Simone 8:45 Reading by Stephen Elliott 9:00 Music by The Shake 9:45 Reading by James Hannaham..."
"...Bomber Director/Writer: Paul Cotter A bittersweet comedy about love, family and dropping bombs on Germany. Cast: Shane Taylor, Benjamin Whitrow, Eileen Nicholas (World Premiere)..."