Sam Lipsyte

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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 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, and it's "Lipsyte."

steve hise, Wednesday, 17 August 2005 15:32 (eighteen years ago) link

i dunno man i cant read any fiction done after 1990 anymore

haha wheres the melody etc

4 & 3/4, Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:31 (eighteen 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

Can a mod fix the title to Lipsyte?

ok we are pals (Eazy), Monday, 11 October 2010 20:33 (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...

love this guy. need to read his new one.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:45 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Picked up The Fun Parts yesterday afternoon at the library and was through it a couple hours later. Easily as good as The Ask.

viacom dios, Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:15 (ten years ago) link

i'm reading it now, amazing stuff

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:24 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

Wow - completely blown away by Venus Drive. this guy rules. fuck any comparisons to Bukowski though

flappy bird, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:10 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Newest one was pretty fun, even if the "villain" reads a little heavy handed and all too convenient from 2023 but I like the weirdo LES characters.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 14 April 2023 21:02 (five months ago) link

Any recs on where to start with this guy?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 26 April 2023 07:40 (five months ago) link

home land is great

flopson, Wednesday, 26 April 2023 12:50 (five months ago) link

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 (five months ago) link

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