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/ James Tadd Adcox lives in Chicago. Does Not Love, a domestic novel about domestic terrorism, is available from Curbside Splendor Press. The Map of the System of Human Knowledge, a collection of fictions, is available from Tiny Hardcore Press. His email address is jamestaddadcox AT gmail DOT com.

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/ Does Not Love / Reviews

/ The Map of the System of Human Knowledge / Reviews

/ if there is to be a zeitgeist... (collaborative echap w/Robert Kloss)

/ Stories, Poems

Editorial /

/ Artifice Magazine Artifice Books

/ The Anthology of Etiquette and Terrifying Angels with Many Heads (NAP Press) / Reviews

Misc. /

/ Interviews, etc.

Stories, Poems



        / "Denmark: Variations 1, 2, 5," CutBank, Iss. 80

        / "Scientific Method (excess, ground, worm, spiders)," Skydeer Helpking, Iss. 1

        / "A History of the Infinity Room," Birkensnake, Iss. 6, Neverending Tales edition

        / "Scientific Method (word, cloud, thing)," The Pinch, Vol. 33 No. 2

        / "Blind," Whiskey Island, Iss. 62

        / "The Separation," "Caterers," NANO Fiction, Vol. 5 No. 2

        / "Robert and Viola Are Attempting to See Other People," Redivider, Vol. 9 Iss. 2

        / "Some Examples of Things That Are Not Metaphors," Curbside Splendor Magazine, Iss. 2 / -->Video by Garett Holden

        / "The Bed Frame," Way We Sleep Anthology

        / "Mice," RHINO, 2012

        / "A Sympathetic Response to Certain Energies," "The Heart of Fu-Manchu," Keyhole Magazine, Iss. 10

        / "We sit in the bed and count the bones...," Stamp Stories Anthology, Mud-Luscious Press

        / "The Deathful Hand of Fu-Manchu," Mildred Pierce, Iss. 4

        / "Divination," Mid-American Review, Vol. 31 No. 2

        / "Five Autobiographies," Another Chicago Magazine, Iss. 50

        / "No One in the Office Knows What the Work Is: Five Short-Shorts," Barrelhouse Magazine, Iss. 8

        / "Previously Unknown Forms of Fathers," Bateau, Vol. 3 Iss. 1

        / "Side Interests of Don Juan," Makeout Creek Review, Iss. 1

        / "Elena," The Delinquent, Iss. 8

        / "The Judgment," "Home Intruders," The Literary Review, Vol. 53 No. 2

        / "Hang On for the Forthcoming Information Revolution," Quick Fiction, Iss. 12


        / "Four Very Short Stories," Squalorly, Iss. 7

        / "Do We Stand on the Brink of a New Revolutionary Moment?," MonkeyBicycle Online, Nov. 2013

        / "What Is New," SPORK Online, Oct. 2013

        / "Scientific Method (eggs, God, shirt, organ, island)," PANK, June 2013

        / "Scientific Method (expanding, picture)," Sixth Finch, Spring 2013

        / "Scientific Method (earthquake, map, caused)," ILK, Iss. 8

        / "Robert and Viola Talk about Their Options," Red Lightbulbs, Iss. 10

        / "Millard Fillmore," Their Peculiar Ambitions: 44 Stories about Our 44 Presidents, Melville House, Oct. 2012

        / "Tuscaloosa," Untoward Magazine

        / "Viola Is Sitting on the Examination Table," The Collagist, Iss. 31

        / "The First Thing That Viola Stole from Robert Was His Monogrammed Pen," >kill author, Iss. 17

        / "The Monopoly of Violence," "The Final Logic," ILK, Iss. 4

        / "Abnormal Habits Prohibitive," Red Lightbulbs, Iss. 5 [video w/Meghan Lamb]

        / "Break Their Teeth, O God, in Their Mouth, Break Out the Teeth of the Young Lions," trnsfr, Iss. 5

        / "The Skin Game," LIES/ISLE, Iss. 6

        / "(...)," Used Furniture Review

        / "Four Letters from Robert Kloss" (w/Robert Kloss), elimae, June/July 2011

        / "Three Letters from Robert Kloss" (w/Robert Kloss), Metazen, July 2011

        / "Some Mornings They Woke in an Entirely Other Flesh" (w/Robert Kloss), Abjective, May 2011

        / "two boxes of pages I assumed were his new novel and the various film scripts he stooped to work on" (w/Robert Kloss), Anti- Poetry, Iss. 8

        / "Leonards," Ghost Ocean Magazine, Iss. 4

        / "I Am a Natural Wonder," I Am a Natural Wonder: A Collaboration, Feb. 2011

        / "The Bed Frame," "The Off Season," "The Weight of the Internet," "A Dial Tone," TriQuarterly, Iss. 139

        / "The Rise of Dr. Fu-Manchu," Necessary Fiction, Dec. 2010

        / "The Final Room" (w/Robert Kloss), Necessary Fiction, Dec. 2010

        / "Elena" (reprint), The Reprint, Iss. 1

        / "Eternal Recurrence," Metazen Christmas Charity eBook

        / "Diseases, Disorders, Breaks ('The Reverend Dr. BH Shadduck is on the television...')," >kill author, Iss. 10

        / "A Shell Is Coming through All the Walls and Destroying Everything," Metazen, Nov. 2010

        / "Karameneh," Metazen, Oct. 2010

        / "The Life of BARBARA SPENCER, Coiner, etc," Lamination Colony, 2010

        / "The Original Child," "Geese," Knee-Jerk Magazine, Iss. 15


        / "Two Years after the Accident," Six Sentences, May 2010

        / "The Heart of Fu-Manchu Regrets," Nanoism, Aug. 2010

        / "Gentlemen," Abjective, June 2010

        / "The Gift Shop," >kill author, Iss. 7

        / "A Forgotten Picture," Requited, Summer 2010

        / "The Artificial Mountain," "Annual Report," "The Hall of Classified Information," n+1, Dec. 2009

        / "I Keep Finding Things I Thought I'd Lost Long Ago," PANK, Dec. 2009

        / "Four Disconnected Truths about My Father," Smokelong Quarterly, Iss. 27


/ "Adcox brilliantly melds the personal and political in exacting prose." DNL at Largehearted Boy

/ "Every marriage is built of moments where two people stayed, but could have left. And all the moments in between. And all the emptiness between them. Adcox's novel Does Not Love is a beautiful compendium of these moments within the fictional marriage of Robert and Viola. It is a study of ways that the couple makes meaning--and, trying and failing--attempts to make something. . . . Does Not Love analyzes this uneasy landscape in a tone that is--in many ways--redolent of Don Delillo’s White Noise. Just as White Noise describes an unfolding relationship drama against the background of a more literal 'airborne toxic disaster,' Does Not Love is--in Adcox's own words--'a domestic novel about domestic terrorism.' The imagined fears of Robert and Viola commingle with the worldly terrors of gun violence, secret service interrogations, and inhumane pharmaceutical drug tests." Meghan Lamb reviews DNL at HTMLGIANT

/ "In Does Not Love, the characters are looking for points of connection, but it becomes apparent that in order to truly feel anything real for others, one needs privacy of thought. As this tale of secret projects and secret laws unfolds, we come to see that for the characters, 'love, too' is 'a kind of violence, drawing everything into the emptiness at its center.'" Heather Scott Partington reviews DNL at Buffalo Almanack

The Map of the System of Human Knowledge / Reviews


/ "We can trace a recurring fascination with disappearance, reappearance, dissolution and distortion in these stories - lost possessions are coughed up by kitchen sinks, rooms shrink and expand arbitrarily, unknown animals uncurl in vacuum-cleaner dust." Chris Emslie reviews MAP at The Collagist

/ "Adcox's stories float in some fantastical ether between the real and the imagined, in the provenance of unmoving arms, ungrabbing hands, and freaks of all sorts." Rachel Hyman reviews MAP at The Rumpus

/ "The pieces themselves are beautiful, subtle, and exciting. Many move like prose poetry. Some provide the flavor of micro-memoir. What we have here is Etgar Keret high-fiving Donald Barthelme - these pieces explore the human heart and the human head at once, through compelling relationships and stimulating thought experiments, through serious play." Joseph Scapellato reviews MAP at Gulf Coast

/ "...the best flash collections function as exploded novels or dissertations, their shards scraping and embedding themselves in you, until you take one to a lonely lunch and shed a tear onto your neon-relished Polish, and you're not sure you can really point to all the connective tendrils constricting so tightly around your tiny heart, but you're sure that something bigger is happening." Josh Kleinberg reviews MAP at Monkeybicycle

/ "James Tadd Adcox makes folk tales for the modern era." Beach Sloth reviews MAP

/ "A series of moments in which the characters find things or learn things, yes, but what's most vital to them is how to process this discovery: what do we do with this..." David Blomenberg reviews MAP at Sycamore Review

/ "Everything in this book is deliberate, and Adcox guides you along the system of human knowledge with precision and care. It is, at times, funny and tragic, raw and whimsical." Joey Pizzolato reviews MAP at Curbside Splendor

/ "Everything is transformed into something new." Joellyn Powers reviews MAP at Used Furniture Review

/ "Here salvation or transcendence shows up in a situation of kind of horrifying banality and shows itself as explicitly normal." Leif Haven reviews MAP at HTMLGIANT

The Anthology of Etiquette and Terrifying Angels with Many Heads / Reviews


/ "...calls attention to its own unlikeliness of existing, and the absurdity that it actually does, reveling in it with total sincerity one second then riffing on its own ridiculousness the next." Layne Ransom reviews AoE&TAwMH for Vouched Books

/ "Is this the alt lit version of bible studies?" Beach Sloth reviews AoE&TAwMH Part I / Part II

Interviews, etc.


/ "A Book Is This Hopeless Task." Interview with Jamie Iredell at Atticus Review

/ "Fun with Taxonomy: An Interview with James Tadd Adcox." Interview with Gina Myers at Frontier Psychiatrist

/ "What Is Simultaneously There and Not-There." Interview with Melissa Goodrich at The Collagist

/ Excerpt from "Scientific Method." Reading at Literary Firsts, Cambridge:

/ Excerpt from "Some Examples of Things That Are Not Metaphors." Video by Garett Holden:

/ "Let's get right to the cut: tell me about Malort, and why on God's earth do you make me drink it every time I'm in Chicago, and why on God's earth do I drink it, even though I know it's the official drink of Hell?" Interview with Christopher Newgent at Vouched Books