Dear Dead Person: Short Fiction

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High Risk Books, 1994 - Fiction - 212 pages
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Like some bastard progeny of Nathaniel West, Benjamin Weissman?s stories are savage, graceful, hilarious, and spooky with insights into the myriad quirks that dog nonconformists of every tripe. In Dear Dead Person, a cross-section of archetypes - teen sex-addicts, would-be rock stars, religious fanatics, serial murderers, and families who make the Menendezes look like Ozzie and Harriet - go about their twisted business in a prose that?s both mimical and anarchic, as American as Raymond Carver, but riven by poetic ruptures that feel like transmissions from the screwed-up part of our collective psyche.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Weissman gathers all that is ugly, vulgar, obscene, scary, disgusting, dangerous, sick, tragic, and sad to create a debut collection that offers a refreshing, nauseating, hilarious, deranged take on ... Read full review

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User Review  - astroantiquity - LibraryThing

Bought this book on a bargain stand, and I must say that I am impressed by what you can get for only 100pesos (roughly 2USD). The stories are funny and oh so grotesque. If you are looking into reading traditionally written stories, you may have to look for them elsewhere. Read full review


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About the author (1994)

Benjamin Weissman's stories have appeared in BOMB, Santa Monica Review, and VLS. His critical writing appears regularly in ArtForum and the L.A. Weekly, as well as in European and American exhibition catalogues. His paintings and drawings are shown at Garelie Krinzinger in Vienna and the Christopher Grimes Gallery in Santa Monica.

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