This is a trade paperback book published by 2.13.61 of Los Angeles, California. This weird-press offering is both deliriously repulsive and very well-crafted. It’s a collection of short pieces — sort of like stories, but more like wild fantasies — that take surrealistic organ distortions, drug-infused hallucinatory sexual nightmares and grotesque organic urban-machinery delusions, to whole new levels of “Whoa! Can’t believe I’m actually eating lunch while reading this.” Reminiscent of J. G. Ballard in his Crash/Atrocity Exhibition phase, or else J. K. Huysmans on an ether binge in Los Angeles. It is Gira’s first short story collection and it is divided into two parts, the first being “The Consumer”, a series of short stories from the early 1990s, the second, “Various Traps, Some Weaknesses”, made up mostly of prose-poems and vignettes, all dating from 1983–1986. (Many of these earlier stories had previously been published by SST Records as Selfishness) The stories contain many disturbing images and scenes including incest, identity loss, murder, self-hatred, rape, and both mental and physical decay. The author, Michael Rolfe Gira (born 1954) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author and artist. He is the main force behind the New York City musical group Swans and fronted Angels of Light. He is also the founder of Young God Records.