More please. Never read him. Heard some really good things about him aside from your "ugh." (And "Bukowski meets Paley" doesn't sound all that bad to me--it makes me think of Richard Brautigan, David Antrim, or Donald Barthelme!)
― freakshore, Saturday, 6 August 2005 19:29 (seventeen years ago) link
I don't know how you wouldn't like The Subject Steve. The guy's endlessly inventive and his language is sharp as anyone's. Each sentence is either precise sarcastic or precise absurdist poetry. Reminds me of the Barthelme boys. At random:
Now something damp and tentacled was doing a dance in my hair.
"It's your time to shine," said Parish.
He handed me the mop, pointed to a bucket on wheels. The water stank of some chemist's idea of the woods. I mopped the dining hall, tried to picture a New-and-Improved Pine-Scented Forest. Antibacterial spatterdock was just sprouting near a lake of lye when my eyes began to sting. I went to the kitchen to rinse them, found Parish peeling a kiwi.
"Good job," said Parish. "Don't forget to punch out."
He showed me how, dropped a slice of rye into an Eisenhowera-era toaster. We waited for it to pop. There was a corkboard near the door, a spotty hunk of pumpernickel pinned to it.
"The problem," he said, "is that punch bread rots."
"That would be the problem with punch bread."
― steve hise, Wednesday, 17 August 2005 15:32 (seventeen years ago) link
five years pass...
Enjoyed two short stories of his I've read recently, The Dungeon Master in the New Yorker and another one in the Paris Review. Haven't read The Ask or anything else.
The Paris Review story makes it clear (I think) that his dad was Robert Lipsyte, who wrote a book about boxing and heroin that I was assigned to read in 8th grade. This story is about a junkie whose dad wrote about boxing, so he decides to write a young-adult book about Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Very funny.
― ok we are pals (Eazy), Monday, 11 October 2010 20:32 (twelve years ago) link
yeah that dungeon master story was good, i havent read the ask either, just home land, and i liked it ok but it was a lil too 'funny'
― just sayin, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 07:46 (twelve years ago) link
two years pass...
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six years pass...
i didn't love the new one. he's a great writer but it just has the same thing where writers try to write about rock bands where it never feels authentic. maybe it was supposed to be kind of silly bc the whole book was a bit cartoonish but it didn't work for me. having the main characters' band be called "the shits" was emblematic of that, plus all the band members having "band names" - none of that feels like NYC in the early '90s to me.
― na (NA), Wednesday, 26 April 2023 13:20 (one month ago) link