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Mark Leidner

Mark Leidner is the author of The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover (Sator Press, 2011), a book of aphorisms, and Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me (Factory Hollow Press, 2011), a book of poetry. He grew up in Georgia and now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.


"Such a truly lovely book in all respects."

– Dennis Cooper

"Mark Leidner is a poet and my favorite person on Twitter, just a constant source of amazing little images and aphorisms. I've read this book straight through beginning to end once each night since I got it last week."

– Ben Loory

"Leidner’s aphorisms are big bangs struck on the heads of matchsticks still stuck in their book, waiting for curious fingers to tear them out. This is a burning book, its flames mutable, galactic and expanding."

– Eric Beeny

"I couldn’t help but think on almost every page, if this were a tweet I would favorite it."

– Darby Larson

"Better than Basho, Epictetus or Heraclitus."

– Ty Melgren

"If I had to a select a celestial pilot to steer this sandwich shoppe called America into the sun, it'd be Lodewyk van Berquem of Brugge, Belgium, who invented diamond cutting. The co-pilot would be Mark Leidner. I am in love with him as a human."

– Blake Butler



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The Angel In the Dream of Our Hangover

Praise Mark Leidner's Twitter account.


That’s why this book exists. I followed and really enjoyed his contributions to HTMLGiant for a while — videos like this or this — and then somehow found his Twitter account. Every tweet of his contained something salient, and I’d often stare at some for a long time, figuring and refiguring their beauty, their doomed solutions, on and on.

I eventually realized: this is a book. These aphorisms need to be collected and presented in the form I love to hold. Mark and I worked on the book for a year and a half.

The design of the book seemed self-evident: a dictum: give each truth its deserved space. One aphorism per page. No page numbers. A perfect square, 5×5; five letters in the Sator square, too. The cover is the first idea I had for it; yes, a paradox, but can’t we fit most paradoxes into a box?

Following Chris’s book is a tough act, but The Angel in The Dream of Our Hangover contains enough wisdom and imaginative leaps, sprent across so many domains, to last a lifetime. I believe that. I love this book.

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