Sir William Forsythe's Freebase Nuptials Cover

A Screenplay

Sean Kilpatrick may be the P.G. Wodehouse of Hell. The blistering anger of his deliciously delirious rants delivers more cathartic mirth than provocation, and the ever-present poetic invention and subtly tidy thematic organization hiding in plain sight behind the ultra-violence inflicted on reader, characters, language and meaning suggest, in the end, a graceful and always musical accommodation to form. In this faux sequel to a Steven Seagal movie written in “80s Shakespeare,” cultural icons Laurie Anderson, Michael Jackson, “Sir” William Forsythe, and assorted other henchmen and hemi-demi-semi-deities demean and demolish themselves and each other as they trace out, perhaps inadvertently but certainly hilariously, the delicate arc of a love story.


“Sean Kilpatrick is one of America’s greatest living writers, our Beckett, our Trocchi, eating and destroying and repurposing forms and words and sentences only to vomit them back still caked in bile. The answer to a swift, totalitarian capitalist machine, Sir William Forsythe’s Freebase Nuptials is a screenplay written from within the devil’s ass of the United States, a Pasolini’s-fascist monologue accompanied by 90s oily bravado. I haven’t read anything so hopeful since Sucker June.

—Grant Maierhofer, author of Flamingos and Gag

“Sean Kilpatrick’s writing guts open the gorgeous holes of what gapes when words become abandoned cities at night, film projectors of hellfire sermons, and the healing spasms of poetic revelation.”

Jamie Grefe, author of Static/Orgone

Sean Kilpatrick wrote Anatomy Courses (with Blake Butler, Lazy Fascist Press), does monthly movie reviews for Hobart, and other works have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Nerve, The Quietus, Fence, Vice, Sleepingfish, Bomb, Evergreen Review, Columbia Poetry Review, New York Tyrant, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Black Sun Lit, The Malahat Review, Caketrain, Tarpaulin Sky, Exquisite Corpse, fluland, No Colony, La Petite Zine, Juked, The Volta, LIT, Jacket2, Whiskey Island, The Collagist, Action Yes, New South, KMSU Weekly Reader, The Talking Book, Fanzine, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 30 Under 30, Dzanc Best of the Web 2010, HTMLGIANT, and as a Best American Essays 2014 notable.

pub date: 2017-08-01
$15.00 | 94 pages
isbn: 9781944697464 (paperback)
Cover design by Royce M. Becker