Jim Knipfel’s Slackjaw

Jim Knipfel began writing the acclaimed Slackjaw column for Philadelphia’s Welcomat in 1987.  Slackjaw moved to the New York Press in 1993, where it ran until June 2006.

Jim is the author of three novels -- The Buzzing (Vintage Contemporaries, 2003); Noogie's Time to Shine (Virgin Books, 1997); and The Blow-Off (Simon and Schuster, 2011) -- three memoirs -- Slackjaw (Tarcher/Putnam, 1999); Quitting the Nairobi Trio (Tarcher/Putnam, 2000); and Ruining It for Everybody (Tarcher/Putnam, 2004); -- and a short story collection -- These Children Who Come at You With Knives, and Other Fairy Tales (Simon & Schuster, 2010).

Thomas Pynchon called Slackjaw “An extraordinary emotional ride.” and Knipfel “a born storyteller” with “an amiably deranged sense of humor.”  Electron Press is delighted to undertake regular publication of Slackjaw on this page.


An extensive archive of earlier Slackjaw columns from 1990 through 2006 is available here.
An interview with Jim Knipfel is available here.

Jim's new book A Purposeful Grimace: In Defense of Godzilla,

is now available on our purchase page.

 
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July 26, 2009                              Jim Knipfel's new novel
July 19, 2009                                    Unplugging Philco
July 12, 2009                                     is available now
July 5, 2009                                        Read an excerpt
 
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