Friday, January 15, 2010

Partial List of People to Bleach by Gary Lutz

I finally got around to reading this story collection by the highly touted Gary Lutz and was dazzled by his aggressively creative verbal formulations and bizarre happenings. Not one much for subtlety is he. There is a lot of unconventional coupling going on (brother/brother, aunt/nephew, husband/boyfriend, etc.) and a lot of neologistic types of wordplay and other linguistic hi-jinx. I at times debated in my mind the possibility of this being more flashy technical brilliance and wit than real substantive literature, but it's such a lot of fun being continually amazed by what the guy will dream up next I didn't really care. So maybe best in small doses but certainly not to be missed.

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