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Tom Comitta

Tom Comitta is the author of The Nature Book (forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2023), 〇 (Ugly Duckling Presse), Airport Novella (Troll Thread), and First Thought Worst Thought: Collected Books 2011–2014 (Gauss PDF), a print and digital archive of forty “night novels,” art books, and poetry collections. Their fiction and essays have appeared in WIRED, Lit Hub, Electric Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, BOMB, and BAX 2020: Best American Experimental Writing. Comitta lives in Brooklyn.

Winter 2023

The Snuff Box of Mr. ——

By Tom Comitta

If you read almost any pre-modern novel, you’ll often find character names, places, and profanity replaced by ellipses, em dashes, and underscores (e.g., “Mr. H…,” “the K—— bridge,” “d___n it!”). […]