“ Among other themes, he explores scene members’ changing relationships to music and community as life advances, viscerally nailing that discrete, unrepeatable, life-altering thrill one gets when the right music hits the right young brain at the right time. It’s a feeling I’d love to have again, and reading Gnade’s words persuasively re-immersed me in that experience.”
Stream the excerpt feat. Planet B via Dangerous Minds here.
Just like his fiction, it’s [Gnade’s personality) rich, large, and creative. He lives fully, experiencing the emotional highs of being on book and music tours, and the lows of freezing his ass off in below zero weather in an unheated farmhouse in Kansas (where he currently lives) while writing his novels. Gnade has the type of mind that fuels its own world, which is exactly what he’s been doing since 2005 with his zines, novellas, books, and self-described “talking songs.” Almost everything he has written..., revolves around a fictional world drawn from his personal experience and based in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. A (popular) exception to this was the self-help book he published in 2012 titled The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad, in which he talked about how he has worked to combat depression.”
-Kurt Morris, from a Razorcake interview
This excerpt from Adam Gnade’s novella, Locust House, is read by Adam and is set to the music of San Diego-based Planet B. This project features Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City, Dead Cross, Retox), Gabe Serbian (The Locust, Head Wound City, Dead Cross, Zu), and Luke Henshaw (Sonido de la Frontera).
Locust House has been made available through Pioneers Press and Three One G Records.
In his latest work of fiction, Locust House, San Diego-born author Adam Gnade writes about his homeland in the tradition of regionalists like Sherman Alexie, William Faulkner, and Willa Cather. Gnade’s chunk of Southern California is a place of border clash, of a glimpse of stormy sea from a top coastal hills or rollercoasters, of ratty beach apartments and punk shows. Locust House is the latest in Gnade’s ongoing life-project, a series of books and “talking songs” that share characters and continue story-lines in an attempt to document a personal history of America. In its pages, Gnade borrows the classic structure of teen films like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused to tell the story of one night in the life of a group of young Americans.
Locust House: A Novella, Three One G, Pioneers Press, 2016
My Brain was a Shark Eating Itself, Punch Press Press, 2016
And In My Dreams You're Alive and You're Crying, Punch Press Press, 2015
Ringside: A Companion Piece to the Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfucking Sad, Punch Press Press, 2014
Friends, Get Wayward, Punch Drunk Press, 2014
Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty, Punch Drunk Press, 2014
Caveworld, Pioneers Press / Punch Drunk Press, 2013
The Hard Fifty Farm, Pioneers Press owner Jessie Duke, Punch Drunk Press, 2013
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad, Punch Drunk Press, 2012
The Growling Mouth, Punch Drunk Press, 2012
They Will Stand On You and Spit split chapbook with writing by Adam Gnade and Bart Schaneman, Punch Drunk Press, 2012
Hey hey Lonesome, Punch Drunk Press, 2011
The Heat and the Hot Earth, Punch Drunk Press, 2011
California, Double Suns, 2011
Hymn California, Dutchmoney Books, 2008
The Darkness to the West, Punch Drunk Press, 2008Seasons Loving Nothing, 2007