Tuesday, October 4, 2011

We support YAC!

And you should too!

We were saddened to hear about the recent cut in funding for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council in Oxford, MS.  The county board of directors have made a huge mistake and we hope they rectify it.  Without the funding for arts in Oxford Kitty Snacks wouldn't exist.  Wayne and everyone involved with the arts council is a huge part of what makes Oxford the best place in Mississippi.  If you live in Oxford please call the board of supervisors and voice your opinion on this matter. If you don't live in Oxford this probably just looks like some Mississippi bullshit, which it is.

Our friends at VOX have also posted on this.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What We're Reading

Good Offices
by: Evelio Rosero

It’s a short and taut novel. Good Offices by Evelio Rosero, out earlier this month on New Directions, puts on full display the fallibility of man; in this instance man’s failure lies in man’s resignation. The main character is a hunchback named Tancredo. His greatest fear is becoming a wild animal by succumbing to his primal instincts of love and happiness and rebellion.

Abuse of authority seems to be a sentiment that often pervades Rosero’s literature, in conjunction with the haunted characters that impel the narrative. Tancredo is the puppet of the Catholic Church and, in so many definitions, Tancredo is a slave of the Catholic Church and it is as his character encroaches upon enlightenment that we see the story progress.

There are many surreal moments in the narrative that are given verisimilitude by Rosero that could bring shame to documentary. He is unforgiving and brutal in his treatment of his villains. While some scenes are somewhat surreal, there is nothing fantastical about the book, except the fantasy that Rosero is likely living through his book of really giving it to the bad guys.

Tancredo is not alone in his captivity. The goddaughter of Father Almida, Sabina Cruz and the Lilias join Tancredo in his repression. The Lilias are three elderly women that are responsible for cooking food for the poor, huge meals of which Tancredo is in charge. Each day’s meal belongs to a group of the depraved masses: old people, the blind, whores, families and street kids.

It is the lunch in which Tancredo must feed the old people that seems to haunt him most.

“…sooner or later he raises his head and it seems he is still in the company of all those faces with their toothless, drooling mouths, which open ever wider and swallow him up, one arm after the other, one leg after the other; they gulp down his head at a single go. They do not devour him with their mouths alone: they devour him with their eyes, those eyes, dead eyes.”

When Father Almida is forced to leave for one night, over which Mass must be held, Father Matamoros fills the void. Matamoros, not without his own nefarious inclinations, gives the church’s inhabitants a glimpse of freedom. It’s a door that, once opened, cannot be shut. The most extreme means will be taken to keep this door of freedom ajar.

This is a love story perverted almost beyond recognition, along with a social critique, pleasantly lost to the gripping nature of the compelling plot Rosero has created in this short book. He does more in 119 pages than I’ve seen most authors accomplish in their huge volumes that double as free weights.

-C. Hogue
Kitty Snacks editor, Michael Bible, talks to Michael Kimball on htmlgiant about his new book Simple Machines....


Thursday, September 8, 2011

What We're Reading

The Halfway House
by: Guillermo Rosales

Two novels by Rosales are still in existence. The Halfway House is one of them. The rest of his work was destroyed in 1993 moments before he committed suicide at the age of 47. Guillermo Rosales was a schizophrenic, living in mental institutions after his exile from Cuba, which is where he gathered the material for this novella.

There’s a lot of misery packed in a mere 121 pages. The Halfway House gets in deep—to the most crepuscular depths of humanity’s capacity for evil. It’s a cousin of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest—the cousin you were never allowed to hang out with growing up. The Halfway House is a dark, dark horse.

Here’s a panoramic view of hell on earth. 

-C. Hogue

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Table of Contents for Issue #4

Stay tuned for a video flip through of the entire issue. Buy it here.

Kitty Snacks #4 available now online!

Just click below to purchase a copy of Kitty Snacks #4 and we'll mail it to you.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Issue #4 Release Party!

at Southside Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi on Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m.

Featuring the psyched out sounds of Oxford's own Gray Things.

Free Beer!

8 bucks at the door (includes a copy of the magazine).

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kitty Snacks #4

The new issue will be out next week! Be on the lookout for pre orders soon. 

This issue features writing by:
John Brandon 
Chelsea Hogue 
Scott McClanahan 
Mike Suave 
Hank Martin
Charles Hale 
Jack Pendarvis 
Catherine Lacey 
Rachel Glasser 
Sam Pink 
Erik Wennermark 

photos of Barry Hannah by John Oliver Hodges 
tweets by Peyton Houchins 

an interview with Neil Hamburger 
an interview with Michael Schmelling 

and drawings by Josh Burwell 

We think it's our best issue yet and it's been in the works for quite a while now. We're definitely throwing a big release party in the coming weeks. So stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sorry about the links!

Some links on our page--mainly the stories above--are down at the moment. Sorry about this. We're having some weird domain name issues so for the time being you can only access our site through kittysnacks.blogspot.com. We hope to get the issue fixed asap.

Stay tuned for issue 4. It's rad!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Home Clips Vol. 1 : MS SWAG & SMAG

Check out this short film by our friend Alex about our friends and hanging out in Mississippi over the past few months. Stay tuned for more stuff from Alex in the future and in the meantime check this out:

Home Clips Vol. 1 : MS SWAG & SMAG from James Alexander Warren on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Rest in Peace

Many of you know we lost a beloved member of our family earlier this week, PEYTON "LARRY" HOUCHINS a.k.a. DJ SCARY MILK a.k.a. DJ KATE BUSCH. Peyton performed with GRAY THINGS and BASS DRUM OF DEATH, and he provided endless support to our music scene in Mississippi. He will continue to be a source of inspiration for his seemingly infinite number of friends, and we look forward to expanding the Cats Purring empire in his memory.

Kitty Snacks Issue #4 will be dedicated to Peyton and will feature some of our favorite tweets of his, as we all know how prolific of a tweeter he was. He will be sorely missed but we'll never forget the good times.