Mike Buffalo’s collaborative novel (with Janey Smith) Kotton Kandy Klouds (Or The Consummation of Empire) will be published someday by somebody who really cares about life and literature. Swear it. Until then you may read stories from his unpublished novella The Little Book of Fascism here.
The titles of Mike Buffalo’s novel are taken from the titles of paintings by artist Will Cotton. Will Cotton likes to make paintings that almost appear to be covered in sugar. Will Cotton uses a lot of pink in his paintings. He uses shiny, soft pastels that make the objects in his paintings look like something you’d buy in a candy store. I have never tasted a Will Cotton painting, but if I do, I hope it tastes like candy.
Mike Buffalo’s novel, Kotton Kandy Klouds, feels like it is as ‘political’ as Will Cotton’s cotton candy paintings. Like Cotton’s paintings, Mike Buffalo’s novel focuses on prepackaged, manufactured human relations that are cheap, easily available and fun to consume.
No candy appears in Mike Buffalo’s novel so far. Mike Buffalo plagiarizes many portions of Zachary German’s book Eat When You Feel Sad. This approach helps make Mike Buffalo’s novel “cheap, easily available, fun to consume” and sweet. Mike Buffalo’s hatred of police and fondness for pink things complement German’s care-free attitude and youthful optimism.
Parts of Mike Buffalo’s Kotton Kandy Klouds (Or The Consummation Of Empire) have been published on PANK: The Queer Issue, edited by Tim Jones-Yelvington. As mentioned above, you may read excerpts from Mike Buffalo’s unpublished novella The Little Book of Fascism on LIES/ISLE, edited by MIke Kitchell.
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