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on Jan. 29, 2012 :
As the many reviewers quoted in the first few pages of Lucid Membrane, I love this intriguing collection of stories. It starts off with a surreal situation of a man in a yellow suit witnessing lucid windows being washed with cream. For some reason, it bought back warm recollections of Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar. Perhaps, the seemingly simple sentence structure and word play interwoven with an underlying humor and dreamlike atmosphere of windows that “turn their backs to be washed on the other sides” bring out a very similar playful reading experience. In the same story (“The Accidental Voyeur”), Besko is able to get me to recall a Danish folktale about a fat cat that tries to eat everything it sees. Simply, this first story is a delight and a great beginning to a potpourri that weaves through the fringes of the reader’s peripheral vision in which other worlds or extra dimensions may be accessible to flirtations with rather straight-forward, in-your-face musings like that of a young woman as she decides what best to wear to a concert/happening in which she is to perform as a broken doll with a clown she knows who claims he “couldn’t stop fantasizing about killing women.” Include with this a feverish story of a lonely woman who falls in love with a female Sasquatch she encounters in the woods and subsequently coaxes to be a care-giver for her senile father. Then there are ducks and stories full of hallucinogenic visions that help the reader touch for a moment out-of-the-body realities. Of course, I cannot forget the playing cards tattooed on the asses of self-coined dorks and geeks in high school. Sound like a ride you want to take? So is, buy this book and enjoy.
(reviewed long after purchase)