There’s eightish days left in The Bones of Us Kickstarter. Rather than blah blah blah about it, let me show you what some of it looks like.

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And here’s what kicking in $45 gets you (along with an e-book copy)

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There are also really cool backer awards on all levels.

Click here to check it out. Kick in a couple of bucks. Reblog, retweet it, please. Tell everyone you know. Only you can make it happen.

And now, on to the blog…

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When I saw the red band trailer for Only God Forgives, I got excited. I described it as the unofficial sequel to Drive.

Then the reviews came. On the critic review aggregator Metacritic, it holds a score of 36 out of a possible 100. Generally films with a score this low are the latest efforts of Nicholas Cage to pay down his tax debt.

When Laura and I got home from an afternoon out, Only God Forgives was already out on iTunes for rent and purchase. I don’t normally buy movies at full price or purchase them without at least seeing them once, but the price was still cheaper than a night at the movies so we bought it and watched it.

The best way I can sum up Only God Forgives is that it’s a mix of Drive and The Tree of Life, without the trying-to-hard pretentiousness of The Tree of Life. The violence was scant but brutal, always with purpose. The cinematography was stunning. I recommend seeing it at least once (though it does require multiple viewings to really fill in the blanks).

I bought and read Alissa Nutting’s Tampa in two days. I was instantly drawn in with the language and concept when I started reading it. However, as I continued reading, I started waiting for how the protagonist would be caught, and whether she would get away with it (which a book should be written well enough to redirect my attention from the skeleton of the plot). Additionally, the title and subject matter was based on the Debra Lafave case, which Nutting confirmed was the inspiration of this novel

Some call Nutting brave for writing a novel that is a satire of the fetishization of attractive sexual offenders. I don’t find using the framework of someone else’s crime and filling in the blanks (and expanding some of those crimes) daring or brave.

Tampa is a pulp novel. There’s nothing wrong with pulp, only when it wants to be something more than it actually is.

Between Only God Forgives and Tampa, there will be more discussion about the role gender plays when it comes to sex crimes, how on top of money, attractiveness of the defendant can sway the legal system towards her favor (and that has been proven time and time again). I think Only God Forgives will stand the test of time as a work of art, and Tampa‘s pulp nature will be a stepping stone for Nutting’s longevity as a novelist.

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I have a new story in WhiskeyPaper, which you can read here.

Porn for the Blind got its first review, which you can read here.

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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.

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