Posted by Tobias Carroll

It shouldn’t come as a shock that Tim Kinsella had a novel in him. Ever since the Cap’n Jazz days, the man’s had a fondness for verbally dense lyrics that manipulated language in ways equally cerebral and playful — qualities useful in both a prose stylist and an art-punk vocalist.

Now comes the news that Chicago’s featherproof books will release Kinsella’s first novel, The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense, this fall. The description refers to it as “[a]n irreducible collage, as intuitive as it is formal,” which sounds like an apt description of most of Kinsella’s work. Needless to say, we are very excited.

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