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I Am a Very Productive Entrepreneur, by Mathias Svalina

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I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur sets up, and watches through to failure, dozens of imaginative and often ridiculous businesses that heap one upon another, all the while unpacking a narrative of life without someone else, of a lost child, and how we struggle to maintain in all that we do.


“This is a subversive and necessary book: the quixotic entrepreneurial spirit of individualist American capitalism is revealed as an inherently poetic construct, one that rests on theater, liminality, imaginative drive, contradiction, and failure. I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur is poignant and brilliant; it’s worth the investment.” —Christian Hawkey

"In this joyful critique of a Randian, post-industrial society, Mathias Svalina comments on both the compulsive desire to make the inconsumable and the often intangible recalcitrance of our attempts to create something useful in a world increasingly characterized by a manufactured sense of lack, anomie, and disaffection, where we are daily beset by ‘a kind of numbness, a shadow of desire, or fear offset against a blank world.’ Svalina refuses this numbness and offers something else, something completely stunning, in its place.” Gabriel Gudding


Mathias Svalina was born in Chicago. He is the author of Destruction Myth, published by The Cleveland State University Poetry Center. He has also published numerous solo & collaboratively-written chapbooks, many of which were authored with Julia Cohen. With Zachary Schomburg, he co-edits Octopus Magazine & Octopus Books. He currently teaches writing & literature in Denver, Colorado.