Format Press

October 7, 2009

Our publishing wing, Format Press, just put out our first book, 21 Nights in July: The Physics and Metaphysics of Cycling. We’re in the process of sorting out distribution and being very confused by the whole affair.

The editor, Stan Mahoney, wrote this enthralling blurb for it:

Ianto wrote a book

…and it’s pretty good!

Good, not great.

It’s called 21 Nights in July: The Physics & Metaphysics of Cycling. Here is a picture of the book:

Here is an excerpt from the book:

For those taking up cycling for the first time it is common to complain about the pain – the pain in the legs, in the arse, in the lungs and heart. This pain is what happens when you have been emotionally deadened by the sedatives of the modern age; by the myriad of flickering screens that offer you the spectacle of lived experience without actually requiring you to engage with it. Cycling is the antidote to the pseudo-emotions of your record collections or the fleeting drug addled lust you’ve been inducing every Friday night to make up for the five day death we call the working week. When you start to ride after a long time away from the bike, the pain seems intense because you are not used to strong sensation.
Cyclists like to talk about pain because they appreciate the sensation of a strongly felt life and because, when you run the risk of being hit by a car every day, you appreciate how amazing it feels to be alive.

Format Press (a division of Format Collective Inc.) is currently negotiating with bookstores, but for those of you in Adelaide, here is how you can get a special advance copy of the book for just $10:

1. Stop by the Format Zine Shop on Peel St (cleverly disguised as the German Consulate), or
2. Suggestively brandish a crisp ten dollar note at either me or Ianto next time you see one of us.

Here is how you can get a special advance copy of the book delivered to your home or office elsewhere in Australia:

1. Send your postal address to my inbox or editor@excitementmachine.com.au 2. Wire $12 to our account using the “internet.”

We’ll be sorting out a paypal-type thing eventually.

Stay tuned for details of the launch. (Of the book, not the paypal account.)

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