The Whirligig Issues 3-9
These are stories of the 2 a.m. bar stool, of whiskey-scented cubicles, of mystical kangaroo caves, of prairie dog vacuums. They are stories of Socrates, of Asoka, of Pill Dombrowski, and of the amazing Martin Landawer. These are vital voices that echo within you long after out of earshot. Here is the authentic, the wild, the true. More
This e-book collects the best of issues 3 through 9 of the widely-respected paper lit-journal, THE WHIRLIGIG. From 2000-2006, Frank Marcopolos edited the magazine, distributed worldwide by Tower Records, which garnered enthusiastic praise from critics, writers, and readers alike. As an editor, Marcopolos had a keen eye for up-and-coming talent. He published Khaled Hosseini (THE KITE RUNNER), Jeff Somers (THE ELECTRIC CHURCH/Avery Cates Series for Orbit), Nick Mamatas (SENSATION), Ann Sterzinger (NUSQUAM), and many others before they were more broadly recognized as bright literary stars. This collection contains both short stories and poetry from an "underground culture" so diverse as to boast the likes of the urban hermitt, "Queen of the Small Presses" Lyn Lifshin, Richard Kostelanetz, Mike Cipra, and Emerson Dameron.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FROM THE PAPER MAGAZINE:
"Packed with good yams...an energizing read!" - Broken Pencil magazine
"A goldmine of good fiction." - Xerography Debt magazine
"The Whirligig is one of the most important lit journals being produced in this country." - Karl Wenclas
“Wow. This e-book is an awesome collection of wildly imaginative fiction and tight, emotional poetry. Editor Frank Marcopolos put it all together in his acclaimed literary ‘zine The Whirligig back in the day. Marcopolos was one of the first to recognize talents such as Khaled Hosseini, and this is a compilation of issues 3-9 of The Whirligig. A fun, surprising read.” -Mike, on Goodreads.com
"You get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach. He has made a fine thing here. I recall that Bukowski started writing slight, short stories and I think that maybe the folks in here, well – Marcopolos has discovered the next generation and is opening them up and allowing them to fly into our thick, chocolate, blood-hooded, and howling nights." -Michael Basinski, the-hold.com, SUNY Buffalo libraries
Frank Marcopolos began writing as a kid in the evenings after summer days of competing--always unsuccessfully--against the older neighborhood kids (the evil "teenagers") in the P.S. 207 schoolyard. After long, hot days of sporting failures, he discovered that by writing stories, his fictional heroes (almost always coincidentally named "Frank") could always end up saving the day from the taller, menacing forces arrayed against them. He usually composed these stories by flashlight as he wrote in a black-and-white Mead notebook while seated on a shelf in his bedroom closet.
For some reason, this love of creating alternative--glory-promising--realities never died within him, and continues to this day. (Thankfully, his boyhood habit of naming all of his main characters "Frank" HAS died, however.)
Frank still lives in Brooklyn, NY, not far from that very schoolyard, among others where he also spent portions of his youth failing at various sports. He notes with sadness that the current trend in public education is to chain up all schoolyards during the summer, presumably so that the painted-on-cement bases can't be stolen.
Frank rocks a cable-free lifestyle, and ALWAYS knows where his towel is.