I wrote about Dan Chaon’s latest, the short story collection Stay Awake, for Rain Taxi. My piece appears in the latest print issue, which came out last week. Chaon’s book is (spoiler alert) pretty excellent. It’s full of ghostly visions, falls from ladders, foster kids, mysterious messages, a parasitic conjoined twin head, a brain-damaged ex-husband, and, well, people trying to stay awake, both physically and metaphorically. Read all about it by picking up a copy of RT right here.
My thoughts on the novel The Double Life of Alfred Buber appear in the latest print edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books. Click here to see the table of contents. You can also buy a copy.
Second, my good friend Sarah Braud just launched a strange little website called Roadkill Obituaries. Her husband Dave takes the pictures and the two of them imagine the life stories of various dead skunks and rabbits. I contributed a piece detailing the sad end of one Charles Opossum. Read all about Charles (assuming you’ve got a strong stomach) right here.
My review of Tom Carson’s Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter appears in the current print issue of Rain Taxi. Plenty of folks won’t get a chance to read it, though, as they either don’t live in Rain Taxi’s distribution area or they aren’t subscribers. So I thought I’d offer up a slice of my analysis. I present to you a distillation, if you will, of my thoughts, an erasure of the printed piece. Enjoy!
“Ambitious … in … lonesome … as … of … enough … this … often … somewhat … while … robust … the … her … striving.”
(I plucked the 2nd word from every other sentence in the review to construct this.)