Three Reads w/ Daniel Vlasaty

Today continues our “Three Reads” series with the Bizarro author of The Church of TV as God, the one and only, Mr. Daniel Vlasaty. As per the nature of this series, we’ll briefly explore three books chosen by the selected author with a statement or two (by said author) on why they appreciate each particular book. Our first two installments feature Bizarro authors Tiffany Scandal and Andy de Fonseca. And on that maniacal note…

Vlasaty’s work is fresh and exciting, but one need not listen to a Gentle Gus like myself. Bite off a bit of Vlasaty from the lips of certain talented others. Heed their words when they say:

“The Church of TV as God had me hooked from the first page. It’s a smooth, hilarious vision of modern life with a foul-mouthed dog, a dude who’s head is turning into a TV, and the cult who worships him. Sweet, sweet bizarro.”
Kevin Shamel, author of Island of the Super People and Bigfoot Cop.

“Dope debut.”
Grant Wamack, author of A Lightbulb’s Lament.

“This is a very promising debut from a writer who I like a lot. His style is simple but poetic. His description of the cult’s scenes of havoc are very disturbing and wildly innovative. He has a good command of his language, better than many writers who have more than one book under their belt.”
G. Arthur Brown, author of Kitten.

And now, on to the juice, the “three reads” that Daniel has selected and will speak about. Take it away, Mr. Vlasaty:


MONSTERS by Ken Dahl
A graphic novel about herpes. A disease that (according to the book) about 70% of us has. A good story. Beautiful/surreal art. And also informative.

I picked this up knowing absolutely nothing about it. Based on the cover alone.

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JESUS’ SON by Denis Johnson
This is probably my favorite book ever. I read it about once or so a year. Usually more. And when I first found it, I read it three times in a row.

It’s a small book. It’s full of beautiful language about a dirty side of what it means to be human.

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WITCH PISS by Sam Pink
This book or any other Sam Pink book, really. He perfectly writes about what it means to be young and poor in Chicago. His characters, I know them. They are people I’ve met. People I’ve sat next to on the bus.

Shit, his characters could be me. They are me.

Well, there we are, then. You’re still here. Thank you for being here and for reading until the end. I believe that learning who a person reads can help us better appreciate the mind of the author, who they draw some inspiration from. With that in mind, let’s proceed upon our journey and keep reading, friends, keep reading. Thank you.

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