After three years, it becomes apparent this is an existentialist website.


Existence precedes essence.


Opened to view in 2018 with only a confused notion of what it might do, it hesitated – its contributors waited, or busied themselves with other things. (Good for them.)


But it’s now clear it’s a website in the process of becoming a repository for whatever we want to use it for.


Basically, it’s the (not very) public face of Open List Publishing, a rather ramshackle and loose association of several persons charmed by the utopian possibilities that freedom of access to a worldwide audience appears to offer – but decently skeptical of the manner in which that access is largely exploited, and unwilling to play the game.


You won’t find us on Facebook, you won’t find us on Twitter. You’ve done well to find us at all.


I can’t remember, was it George Orwell or William Burroughs who explained that the purpose of power is power? Was it Marshall McLuhan who said the purpose of publicity is publicity? Well, at Open List we’re more concerned with things that aren’t ends in themselves – like dialogue.


I said dialogue, not chat.


This isn’t a soap-box, we’re not looking for a crowd. If you stop reading right now, that’s okay. We were talking to someone else.


If you’re still here, the rest of this page (by no means the most interesting on the site) offers a brief rundown of our publishing history. Our first venture, in 2014, was:


The Insulted Trilobite

by J. A. Posner (196pp.)


a personal essay that takes Richard Dawkins’ bestselling atheist tract as a pretext. Its premise is that if one wishes to make the case for atheism, neither dishonesty nor shoddy reasoning will aid one’s cause. For those in a hurry to see whether the book has a happy ending, its concluding section may be found here


Several of us here at Open List have long enjoyed browsing and burrowing among books, but we decided to opt for print-on-demand. It’s not that we weren’t thrilled by the idea of trying to sell crates of unwanted books for years to come, but we couldn’t afford the crates.


Is a book that hasn’t sat on a shelf, waiting for its buyer, really a book? We think so.


We used a group called FeedARead, and, though one or two small wrinkles are less than entirely ideal, were largely pleased with the results.


They held up their end, the book is available, and it looks just as good as we hoped it’d look. 


The Insulted Trilobite is also available for download on Kindle. For free.


In 2018 we finally got around to publishing


The Lost Notebooks of Stephen Sellars (326pp.)


which is a difficult book to describe. Okay, I’ll try. It’s modernist crime fiction from the end of the sixties. It looks like it might be an unfinished novel with a long, oblique introduction, but it’s not. At one point, the protagonist, drunk and sleepy, tries to listen in on a conversation he can’t quite make out, and maybe that’s the keynote. It’s the book we set up Open List to publish. It’s one of my favorite books—top one hundred, if not top fifty.

But there’s no accounting for taste. A very brief excerpt (not altogether typical) may be found here. Make of it what you will.


In accordance with the author’s wishes, it’s available as a book, only a book, sorry.


2018 was when we set up the website, and it’s also when Open List supervised the digital re-issue of The Denboro Collective’s all-but unobtainable three-album set,



The Big Front Yard Sale (24 tracks, 157 minutes)


It’s a big selection of fuzzy science-fiction soundtracks, fizzy ambience, and quiet pieces willing to accommodate the humming of refrigerators or the passing of airplanes. 


Some of us like records, some like cds, but the old farts who make the decisions were told, “nobody buys cds anymore” – so they took the easy way out and used bandcamp as a way of providing downloads, because they liked the look of it.


The second volume of The Big Front Yard Sale



Mond Z (15 tracks, 97 minutes)


(subtitled “a Suite for Raymond Z. Gallun”) followed in 2019. It’s the re-issue of a double album. More of the same, though with some curious metallic percussion on several tracks. 


There have also been a couple of three-track singles, Trick or Treat” (2018) and the prophetic “No Rights Reserved” (2020).


A third book,


36 Excursions & Excavations in the Hermetic Garage


was weblished exclusively and entirely on this site in June of 2021. 


It’s a playful, informative, critical essay on the work of Jean Giraud/Mœbius, centered on Le Garage Hermétique de Jerry Cornelius—or The Airtight Garage, as it’s probably still better known in English.


A third Denboro Collective album,



Private Spaces (8 tracks, 79 minutes)


was also released in 2021—a rather more disparate collection including cocktail music of the spheres and radio collage, along with the usual whines and howls.


In 2022 we produced a 17-part movie serial, with a soundtrack by Den Brock of the Denboro Collective. In its entirety, it runs for a little over two hours. Early in the fateful year 2024, we put all the chapters, preceded by the trailer, here on the website, with more footnotes, annotations and diversions than anyone asked for. A quixotic enterprise, to be sure, but we like to pretend that ten or twenty years from now, some people will say they saw it here first. But are they telling the truth? 







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