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Pale Fire: A Poem in Four Cantos by John Shade
Vladimir Nabokov, Brian Boyd
Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov
Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition
Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind
Under Stones
Bob Franklin
The Erotic Potential of My Wife
David Foenkinos, Yasmine Gaspard
A Corner of White
Jaclyn Moriarty
Winter's Bone
Daniel Woodrell
Progress: 99 %
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
Neil Gaiman
The Beetle
Richard Marsh
Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith


Emergency - Denis Johnson Everything a short story should be. I'll be thinking about this for days. It's very like Hunter S Thompson in some ways, (for one thing the two main characters are tripping on acid), but Johnson's story seems to contain many more layers of meaning. The narration doesn't use the inflection that I would imagine for those lines but, in the podcast discussion, Wolff says he has heard Johnson himself read so I'll assume it's authentic. It does make me wonder what the story looks like on the page then, and whether there are some punctuation and formatting clues. The discussion also mentioned there being a lot of exclamation points.I had never heard of either writer before, but I'll be hunting down more from Denis Johnson and probably Tobias Wolff as well.