Electric Literature No. 2

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5 Great Stories That Grab You. Colson Whitehead charts the rise to fame of a truth-telling comedian. Stephen O’Connor transports us to a cabin in the woods, where a young woman becomes increasingly convinced she’s not alone. Lydia Davis’ narrator acutely details the behavior of three cows who live in a pasture just across the road. Plus inspiring work by Pasha Malla and Marisa Silver.

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Colson Whitehead's The Comedian
In his story "The Comedian", appearing in Electric Literature No. 2, Colson Whitehead charts the rise to fame of a truth-telling comedian.

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Review by: ilikebooks on Nov. 17, 2009 :
From the first story, Colson Whitehead's The Comedian, I am pulled in with such concise encapsulating descriptions as "His new schtick fell into two subject areas: Everything is Terrible. People are dissappointing"

Love by Stephen O'Connor is wonderful all the way through, starting with the inception of the relationship: "She invited him up for coffee and, except for a mid-afternoon brunch, he didn't leave her apartment for thirty-one hours - which is to say, until 7:30 Monday morning, when he had to go to work."

I have a small love affair with Lydia Davis, and the last story of the issue, The Cows, only fans the flames.. It's difficult to pick just one line, but "How often they stand still and look around as though they have never been here before"

I accidentally read most of the issue in one sitting..
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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