New from Fiction Collective Two—”Glory Hole”

An enthralling, epic tale of the webs of misinformation that saturate, obscure, and complicate the vagaries of day-to-day life in modern America

It’s 2006, and a cloud of darkness seems to have descended over the Earth—or at least over the minds of a ragtag assortment of Bay Area writers, drug dealers, social workers, porn directors, and Melvin, a street kid and refugee from his Mormon family. A shooter runs amok in an Amish schoolhouse, the president runs amok in the Middle East, a child is kidnapped from Disneyland, and on the local literary scene, a former child prostitute and wunderkind author that nobody has ever met has become a media sensation.

But something is fishy about this author, Huey Beauregard, and so Melvin and his friends Felicia and Philip launch an investigation into the webs of self-serving stories, lies, rumors, and propaganda that have come to constitute our sad, fractured reality. Glory Hole is a novel about the ravages of time and the varied consequences of a romantic attitude toward literature and life. It is about AIDS, meth, porn, fake biographies, street outreach, the study of Arabic verb forms, Polish transgender modernists, obsession, and future life forms. It’s about getting lost in the fog, about prison as both metaphor and reality, madness, evil clowns, and mystical texts. Vast and ambitious, comic and tragic, the novel also serves as a version of the I Ching, meaning it can be used as an oracle.

Stephen Beachy
is the author of the novels boneyard, Distortion, and The Whistling Song and the twin novellas Some Phantom/No Time Flat. He is also the author of Zeke Yoder vs. the Singularity, the first in a series of Amish sci-fi novels. He is the prose editor of the journal Your Impossible Voice, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of San Francisco, and lives in San Diego.

Glory Hole is a capacious, sinuous, complex book that pursues the interlinked stories of characters on the margins of social classes, conventions, and sexual/gender structures in ways that reveal the authentic, everyday fabric of their lives.”
—Matthew Roberson, author of Impotent and List

Glory Hole is a novel that provides the glories of story with none of its limitations. Offering all the sensemaking forms of narrative without ever coalescing into any one binding tale, it is a gorgeous, shape-shifting trapdoor into the void, the only true home you’ve ever really known.”
—Elisabeth Sheffield, author of Helen Keller Really Lived, Gone, and Fort Da

512 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57366-062-4 Paper  $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-57366-873-6 Ebook  $9.95


New! “Beautiful Politics of Music”

An exploration into the history and practice of trova, a genre of music that is the soul of Yucatán.

Yucatecan trova is a music genre comprising a type of romantic song that is considered “the soul of Yucatán and Yucatecans.” The first book on Yucatecan trova, offers an insider’s view of the history and practice of a treasured cultural heritage. A central theme of Gabriela Vargas-Cetina’s ethnography is what she refers to as the “beautiful politics of music” practiced by Yucatecan trova patrons and organizations, which is a way of asserting the importance of groups and issues through nonconfrontational means.

Trova emerged on the peninsula at the end of the nineteenth century and continues to be part of the general urban soundscape in the states of Yucatán and Campeche. Until the 1920s, this music was little known outside Yucatán and became absorbed into the larger Latin American Bolero genre, making it difficult to perceive its uniqueness and relation to life in Yucatán.

Vargas-Cetina, a native Yucatecan and trova musician, offers ethnographic insight into the local music scene. With family connections, she embedded herself as a trovadora, and her fieldwork—singing, playing the guitar in a trova group, and extensively researching the genre and talking with fellow enthusiasts and experts—ensued. Trova, like other types of artistic endeavors, is the result of collaboration and social milieu. She describes the dedicated trova clubs, cultural institutions, the Yucatecan economy of agricultural exports, and identity politics that helped the music come about and have maintained it today.

Positioned in the larger context of the music of Mexico and Latin America and engaging with theories of modernity and cosmopolitanism, experimental ethnography, and the anthropology of organizations, Beautiful Politics of Music consists of rigorous scholarship. It is also a warm tribute to performers and songs that have inspired many people around the world for more than two centuries.

Gabriela Vargas-Cetina is a professor of anthropology at the Autonomous University of Yucatán, Mexico. She is the editor of Anthropology and the Politics of Representation; has published on sheep herding cooperatives in Sardinia, Italy, and on weavers’ cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexico; and recently coauthored, with Steffan Igor Ayora-Diaz and Francisco Javier Fernández Repetto, a book on cooking, aesthetics, culture, and technology in Yucatan titled Cocina, música y comunicación. Tecnologías y estética en el Yucatán contemporáneo.

“A sophisticated examination of cultural tradition and innovation that makes the argument for cultural imagination and aesthetic choice, which is extremely important today when hard lines are once again being drawn around heritage and the arts, who defines them and who owns them.”
—Anya Peterson Royce, author of Becoming an Ancestor: The Isthmus Zapotec Way of Death and Anthropology of the Performing Arts: Artistry, Virtuosity, and Interpretation in a Cross-Cultural Perspective

216 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1962-5 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9147-8 Ebook

New! “Archaeological Remote Sensing in North America”

The latest on the rapidly growing use of innovative archaeological remote sensing for anthropological applications in North America.

Updating the highly praised 2006 publication Remote Sensing in Archaeology, edited by Jay K. Johnson, Archaeological Remote Sensing in North America: Innovative Techniques for Anthropological Applications is a must-have volume for today’s archaeologist. Targeted to practitioners of archaeological remote sensing as well as students, this suite of current and exemplary applications adheres to high standards for methodology, processing, presentation, and interpretation.

The use of remote sensing technologies to address academic and applied archaeological and anthropological research problems is growing at a tremendous rate in North America. Fueling this growth are new research paradigms using innovative instrumentation technologies and broader-area data collection methods. Increasingly, investigators pursuing these new approaches are integrating remote sensing data collection with theory-based interpretations to address anthropological questions within larger research programs.

In this indispensable volume, case studies from around the country demonstrate the technically diverse and major remote sensing methods and their integration with relevant technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS), and include various uses of the “big four”: magnetometry, resistivity, ground-penetrating radar (GPR), and electromagnetic induction.

The study explores four major anthropological themes: site structure and community organization; technological transformation and economic change; archaeological landscapes; and earthen mound construction and composition. Concluding commentary from renowned expert Kenneth L. Kvamme overviews the practices, advances, and trends of geophysics and remote sensing in the past decade

Duncan P. McKinnon is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Central Arkansas and a research associate at the Center for American Archeology. He has published in American Antiquity, Southeastern Archaeology, Arkansas Archeologist, MidcontinentalJournal of Archaeology and Caddo Journal.

Bryan S. Haley is an archaeologist and terrestrial/marine remote sensing specialist in the New Orleans Office of Coastal Environments, Inc. He specializes in prehistoric and historic Native archaeology in the southeastern United States. His sixteen years of remote sensing experience includes work on projects in twenty-three American states, Central America, South America, and Europe.

“An important collection that illustrates the diversity of techniques used to collect geophysical data and their use in archaeological interpretation. The inclusion of chapters that cover several regions and historic as well as prehistoric sites adds further value.”
—Berle Clay, principal investigator and geophysical specialist at Cultural Resource Analysis, Inc.

“Includes current, well-written, and interesting material that provides a significant contribution to the field. The use of remote sensing technology with traditional methods is current with the state of research. The chapters are well grounded in archaeological and anthropological theory. The methods outlined in the book also start to set a standard or baseline that can be implemented by others.”
—Roy Stine, associate professor, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

304 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1959-5 Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9141-6 Ebook