Hunter Kennedy must have seriously callused fingers. Over the past 20 years, he's hammered out 30 issues of literary magazine The Minus Times on his typewriter. It's 464 pages, to be exact, all collected in a new anthology.
The Minus Times started as a single-sheet missive containing Kennedy's own writing: offbeat stories, crude poetry and phony news articles, surrounded by bizarre newspaper clippings and doodles. It later grew to become a 'real' magazine, with contributions by writers and illustrators who, like Kennedy, all have a penchant for the absurd.
Contributors include literary big-wigs Dave Eggers, Sam Lipsyte and Wells Tower, as well as indie rock luminaries Stephen Malkmus and Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy). It won't be the prettiest addition to your coffee table this year, but the writing is funny, surreal and a little dark. The Minus Times Collected: Twenty Years / Thirty Issues (1992-2012) costs around $24.95. Check your local bookstore or click Angus & Robertston.