Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Fun Parts: Stories

Lipsyte is hilarious, he also carves out exquisitely arranged prose and has characters that exist and something close to clarity of vision that will go as close to genius as we are probably going to get these days. Whether or not these characteristics always lead to fictions that balance right is pretty superfluous when experiencing his whirlwind of quips, failures (the character’s not the writer’s), and excruciating well-chosen phrases and words. I think maybe one story was a failed experiment and the rest might benefit from being read separately than as a piece and I still prefer him at novel length, but I will heartily endorse and recommend this collection.

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