Unlikley Stories mourns the loss Kurtice Kucheman, who was so instrumental in the development of this site. Please consider his work on this site, his obituary, or our editor's tribute to him.
Unlikely Books celebrates our two new releases, Beautiful Rush by Marc Vincenz and #specialcharacters by Larissa Shmailo!
Ethan has nowhere to go, an exhibit of a missing story by Jeremy Hight:
a movie by Aaron Avila
a game by Johansen Quijano
a game by Anastasia Salter
an audiovisual experience by Alan Bigelow
an audiovisual experience by Brian Vann
a textual-visual experience by Jason Nelson
a textual-visual experience by Anonymous
a poem by Alexandra Naughton
a poem by Keith Higginbotham
a poem by Vera Lucia Pinto
a poem by Matthew Sherling
a visual piece by Scott Davis
Love Has Been Liquidated, Vol. 3: the sprawling choose-your-own-adventure longpoem by John Bryan now involves despair and dinosaurs!
Tom Bradley reads from We'll See Who Seduces Whom at the book's Boulder, Colorado launch party
j/j hastain and Marthe Reed perform pleth at the book's aforementioned launch party
&UNLIKELY: a group show in Denver, Colorado featuring Yuriy Tarnawsky, j/j hastain, Tom Bradley, Frankie Metro, Lindsey Thomas, and Jeffrey Spahr-Summers
"890 Words in Favor of Sodomy" by Willis Gordon
"LAPD Traps Anti-war Marchers, Two Arrested" by Dan Bluemel
"Mad Dogs and Englishmen" by Rich Wink
An Interview with Joe Davis by Jeremy Hight
An Introduction to Laura Beloff with questions by Jeremy Hight
An Introduction to Kim Asendorf with questions by Jeremy Hight
An Introduction to Steve Roggenbuck with questions by Jeremy Hight
Four Images by Casey Reas
Four Images by Andrew Bucksbarg
Seven Images by Kim Asendorf
Seven Images by Joe Davis
Four Videos by Jeremy Bailey
"A Case of Public Indecency", a one-act by Stephenson Muret
Four Visual Poems by John M. Bennett
Four Visual Poems by Reed Altemus
Four Visual Poems by Spencer Selby
Three Visual Poems by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Three Poems by Vernon Frazer
Three Poems by David McLean
Three Poems by Hanna Elson
Three Poems by Alban Fischer
Three Poems by Peter Marra
Three Edie Sedgwicks by Kyle Hemmings
Three Poems by Dan Raphael
Three Poems by Mark Cunningham
Three Poems by Billy Cancel
Three Poems by Win Harms
Three Poems by Felino A. Soriano
Three Poems by Jason Alan Wilkinson
Three Poems by Jay Sizemore
Three Poems by Marc Thompson
Three Poems by Donal Mahoney
Three Poems by Theron Kennedy
Two Poems by Patricia Gomes
Two Poems by Jim Berhle
Two Poems by Larry Goodell
Two Poems by Kelley Jean White
Two Poems by Jim Lineberger
Two Poems by Sean J Mahoney
Four Postcards from New Yorkshire: Poetry by Anthony Murphy
Was I a Rape Victim?: Poetry by Michael H. Brownstein
Last Chance: Poetry by John Grey
Deck: Poetry by Dennis Weiser
Ampersand Sutra: Visual Poetry by mIEKAL aND
Three Poems by Sheila E. Murphy
Texas Casino: Fiction by Misti Rainwater-Lites
The Insect Ecologies of Death, or, Amateur Hour (Towards a new order of the phylum): Fiction by R.V. Branham
Exit the Heroes, or, in Praise of Cowardice: Fiction by Elmore Snoody
a family vacation: Fiction by JBMulligan
Willis Gordon on George Zimmerman and our other favorite killers
Fred Russell discovers Fox News
How Our Leaders Are Elected by Michael Ceraolo
Nicholas C. Arguimbau on Obama's climate change plan
Global Autonomy: Coporate Central Versus Local Resilience by Dennis Weiser
Allow me to introduce you to Cyclops, Autumn Leaves, Weeping Goddess, and the Goblin. And oh yeah, the artist behind the duct tape and pluck, Doctor Oakroot. The good Doctor applies time and craftsmanship to his art. He currently uses the vehicle of traditional blues to deliver his stories but has been known to go punk rock and specialize in the international language known as Esperanto. The music is self-described as "rough edged songs on quirky homemade guitars." This description is accurate enough seeing as the man creates his guitars from cigar boxes.
His lyrics are semi-autobiographical, particularly in the case of the title track to his latest album, Shroud for the Dead. In this dirge a man walks in on his wife rolling around the floor with the mailman. I'll assume "rolling around the floor" means they were fucking and not wrestling to pay the cable bill. Everyone knows mailmen don't pay bills. All assuming aside, I know the song is loosely based on actual events of Oakroot's life.
Another tune of an autobiographical nature is "Rushing to the Funeral." Apparently while Oakroot was dillydallying his way across some crosswalk in Cambridge, Massachusetts a rather speedy motorist nearly eradicated the flesh and bone known as Doctor Oakroot.
Should you go to his myspace page at www.myspace.com/doctoroakroot you will be able to purchase his afore mentioned album which has eight groovy tunes plus a bonus track and if you ask nicely he'll probably autograph the durn thing ta' boot. At www.doctoroakroot.com you will find up close interviews with his guitars as well as biography and more fun links. Also know this. During every one of his shows, Oakroot raffles off a free handcrafted guitar. This is fun and I should've won. —ES
The music of Doctor Oakroot remained on Unlikely 2.0 for one year, then was removed for reasons of space and copyright.
The songs of Doctor Oakroot are not available for download, but instead can be heard right here on the web site. If you don't see a jukebox above, try downloading Flash player.
If you ever get a chance to see Doctor Oakroot in person...do it! He is mesmerizing... deep baritone voice and magic on the fretboard... And evening will go by like a minute and leave you wanting more....
Second best, buy a CD....much of the magic comes thru...