Story-telling is not a luxury, it is an absolutely core need. Story is how we make sense of the world. It’s how in the flux of experience, with all of the things coming and going, with all of the little bits and pieces, we put them together… I have a pan-narrative view of the world. We live enmeshed in a whole series of cross-cutting narratives.
Snore & Guzzle is a private press started around 1999 by Michael Neault (who happens to be writing this brief history). At Snore & Guzzle, our principal interest is story telling, and story listening. Storytelling, that is, in all its multivarious modes and manifestations. As a press, we print mostly short-form fiction and creative non-fiction. As a website, we collect and share the most interesting things we can possibly find. As a cooperative, Snore & Guzzle is composed of: red striped straws, birch bark, sinkholes, vanilla bean, india ink, concord grapes, glacial meltwater, dimples, calluses, fresh cream, bassoons, brushes, a handful of moist loam and all my bright, crackly friends.
The name is drawn from a very long book written by an author who wrote only one book, and then disappeared.
Snore & Guzzle
att. Michael Neault
550 Southeast 58th ave
Portland OR 97215
“Occasionally one stumbles into a coincidence that, like an unexpected alignment of windows, momentarily cancels out the sense of historical whereabouts, giving with an overwhelming immediacy an awareness of the reality of the past.”
~Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace
“When you consider something like death, after which (there being no news to the contrary) we may well go out like a candle flame, then it probably doesn’t matter if we try too hard, are awkward sometimes, care for one another too deeply, are excessively curious about nature, are too open to experience, enjoy a nonstop expense of the senses in an effort to know life intimately and lovingly. It probably doesn’t matter if, while trying to be modest and eager watchers of life’s many spectacles, we sometimes look clumsy or get dirty or ask stupid questions or reveal our ignorance or say the wrong thing or light up like the children we all are.”
~Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Five Senses
“Has not everyone noticed how sweet and startling any landscape looks when seen through an arch? This strong, square shape, this shutting off of everything else, is not only an assistance to beauty; it is the essential of beauty. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.”
~G.K. Chesterton, The Toy Theater
“Deflate pretense, mock excess.”
Snore & Guzzle owes it heart & mind
to the hearts & minds that came before it:
David Wilson, Studs Terkel, Barbara Maria Stafford, Calvin Johnson & K Records, Richard Gregory, Wendell Berry, Joseph Cornell, Elizabeth Cotten, Italo Calvino, Jens Lekman, Brian Wilson, Charles Darwin, Michael Pollan, Jonathan Richman, Oliver Sacks, Francis Crick, VS Ramachadran, Richard Yates, Charles & Ray Eames, Mark Twain, John Cheever, Edward Tufte, Dorothy Masuka, John Cassavetes, Woody Guthrie, Joan Feynman, Werner Herzog, Margaret Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, Norman Greenbaum, Donald Huff, Alan Lomax, Moses Asch, David Quammen, Peter Hutton, Norman McLaren, Paddy Chayefsky, Jean Ritchie, Alvin Lustig, Luis Bunuel, Carlo Petrini, Spike Milligan, Desmond Dekker, Georges Perec, Chris Marker, Alexander Calder, Billy Wilder, Harry Nilsson…
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