Pick How You Will Revise A Memory by J. Bradley

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Pick How You Will Revise A Memory by J. Bradley



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For a limited time only, book comes with a printed, unique-to-you Yelp review for the location of your choice -- written by J. Bradley, just for you! Include the name of the location in the comments section of your order.


Pick How You Will Revise a Memory is a collection of prose poems disguised as Yelp reviews. The “reviews” were posted for establishments in Orlando, FL, Morgantown, WV, Brooklyn, NY, and Seattle, WA, ranging from Chuck E. Cheese and a Catholic church to an apartment complex and the Space Needle. From start to finish, the collection relies on tight, eloquent language that belies any particular time or place. It is for this reason that Bradley found his “reviews” removed from Yelp.com by the website’s administrators for violating its Terms of Service. It is for this reason that the collection takes on the subversive quality of street art. J. Bradley broke the rules to share the poems publicly and, like any good piece of graffiti art, they were removed by the authorities.


When the world as we know it is gone—when our consumerism finally consumes itself like a uroboros monster—when the aliens come and find only remnants of books and technology—when our humanity is assessed solely from Yelp adds and selfies, J. Bradley’s Pick How You Will Revise A Memory might be the only whispering ghost of our complex and glorious hearts. His poetry reveals the raw and emotional core hidden in banal product and service reviews; he is excavating our humanity from its deep burial in social media. He is giving us back our blood, bones, and tears. With this book we are made human again.

–Nicelle Davis, author of In the Circus of You

***** [5 stars] Small plates of soulful hipster food, satisfying with creative micromorsels. Service was sometimes snarky, sometimes mournful, but I'll keep coming back for the genius concept, and judiciously juicy juxtapositions. Plus: large ice cubes in the craft cocktails, each poured deftly to ensure poignant tipsiness by the final page. Get the full tasting menu.

–S. Kay, author of Reliant and Joy

There is a beautiful loneliness in reviewing the world: of reminiscing about how it felt to occupy a space, if only for a small moment. All places are tied, intrinsically, to other places—when we go somewhere for the first time, we are constantly layering: we talk about how a new city reminds us of elements of home; how we are in a constant search for something a little less foreign. In Pick How You Will Revise A Memory, J. Bradley embraces the vertigo of strangeness—each review an attempt to dig up the buried former self in hopes of finding a home in a world that is simultaneously new, yet terrifyingly familiar.
--Brian Oliu, author of So You Know It’s Me

5" x 8"
62 pages
$14.99, includes shipping and handling within the U.S.


J. Bradley is a writer based out of Orlando, FL. He is the author of the graphic poetry collection, The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), with art by Adam Scott
Mazer, and The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective (Pelekinesis, 2016). His chapbook, Neil, won Five [Quarterly]'s 2015 e-Chapbook Contest for Fiction. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and he lives online at iheartfailure.net.

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5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding! Hilarious and thoughtfully done. I'm buying copies for friends, because it's so good!

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Catherine Kyle 10 Dec, 2013

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Beautiful and soulful writing from an indie press.

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My bookmark arrived Very quickly! I love it. I'll be using it straightaway, I'm always losing track of bookmarks and using receipts or old envelopes :) Thanks very much.

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