“I want to franchise the franchise.” – Charles Bernstein“With FRANCHISE ME, Medsker comes across as resourceful and dazzling as the Odyssean explorer Baudelaire insisted upon for the poet’s quest. Often funny and sometimes sobering, FRANCHISE ME exposes the difficult-to-reconcile distractions, detritus, and rubble that surround our modern lives… yet, also culls glowing artifacts from this refuse. This is a poetry project of brain shocks, visions, and encounters with time and being.”- The Institute for Speculative MediaTHE IDEAThe idea is that, for a yearly fee of $10 dollars, anyone may have free reign to publish under my name (or with me as a co-author). As my own name grows in stature, so shall the franchisee’s.
THE AGREEMENTUnder the terms of this agreement, the franchisee will have use of the Josh Medsker (JM) name.The franchisee may publish any work that he or she chooses under the name Josh Medsker provided it meets my Product Creation and Distribution (PCD) Guidelines.
THE PCD GUIDELINESAll work published under the name Josh Medsker must adhere to all of the following guidelines. It must:Be free of racist, sexist, or homophobic material.Feature the name Josh Medsker as the author or co-author of the work, if published.Include at least one JM approved word per work.Follow a JM approved theme.Include JM’s Bio and Photo on the publication’s About the Author section. The JM Bio and Photo are provided after the franchisee contract is signed. (This only applies to purely JM-authored work. Co-authors may include their own bio and photo as well.)
JM APPROVED THEMES AND WORDS–Frequent Themes–Death, The Futility of Language, Romantic Love, Familial Love, Identity, Alienation, Oppression, Rebirth, Psychedelic Experience, Community, Place, Class, Music.–Frequent Words–sky, wind, time, poetry, white, hands, back, words
EXAMPLE of the PROCESS
***If you are interested in speaking with me about a franchise contact, or have any questions about the process or the overall project, get in touch! (firstname.lastname@example.org)Thank you for your interest! JM