About Sagging Meniscus

“Here’s a press with a name to remember. Here’s a press to impress. Here’s a press that takes chances and dances and remembers to put in its false teeth. Here’s a press in which wild cobras wear no bras. Here’s a press in which gods undress."—Jack Foley

“Punch the truth hard."—M.J. Nicholls

Sagging Meniscus Press is a small press specializing in the literature of the American underground.

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Sagging Meniscus books are distributed by Small Press Distribution.

Small Press Distribution
Phone: 800-869-7553
Web: www.spdbooks.org
Email: spd@spdbooks.org
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All our titles may be ordered from independent bookstores, or purchased directly through SPD or online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


Frequently Unasked Questions

Why the odd name “Sagging Meniscus”? What does it mean?

Meniscus, from the Greek μηνίσκος, means literally crescent moon, but can also refer to a number of other crescent-shaped things:

  • a disk mounted above a Greek statue, to protect it from bird droppings.
  • a concave-convex lens.
  • the shape made by the surface of a liquid such as water in a container, curved because of surface tension (for water, concave, for mercury, convex).
  • in anatomy, the crescent-shaped cartilage found in certain joint cavities, especially the knee.

All of these interpretations resonate in our name, but as it happens the original context was the following sentence from the novel Hoptime:

They slopped around in the mud awhile, and finally cast their nets into more abundant waters, namely, the Ocean-At-Large, with its enormous meniscus sagging tautly over the chiffon of my mind. (from Part One, Chapter 18/XII)