Masques for the fields of time

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Livingston Press/University of West Alabama, Jul 30, 2009 - Fiction - 172 pages
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Taylorżs fourth collection offers a combination of the realistic and the . . .Skewed, that word must best describe the characters, situations, and timeframes in this collection, A Masque for the Fields of Time. Take the opening story, where a dance seems to be happening during the narratorżs youth, since his baby-sitter is busily flirting on the dance floor with another teenager. But then time skews and the dance is happening -- when? And those puppets in the rafters, seemingly pulling strings on all the dancers -- just what are they doing? Well, maybe the collectionżs last story will clear things up . . . or does it only skew matters further, for this storyżs protagonist is swimming, yes swimming, on a mission to obtain headstones -- now irritatingly called żgrave markers,ż the narrator complains. Okay then, in another story we at least have the comfort of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus confronting Simone de Beauvoir -- but then why do tiny voices haunt the professed atheistic trio with religious barbs? With humor both grim and playful, all the stories in this collection explore the twists human perception can take.

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The Book Report: Thirteen richly imagined stories in a fourth collection of same from Alabama's weirdest living writer, Dr. Joe Taylor. 'Nuff said. My Review: Full disclosure: I liked Joe Taylor's ... Read full review


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Joe Taylor has three previous collections of short stories, Oldcat & Ms.Puss: A Book of Days for You and Me; Some Heroes, Some Heroines, Some Others; and The World's Thinnest Fat Man. In addition, he's edited Tartts One through Tartts Four, plus Belles' Letters: Contemporary Fiction by Alabama Women. He lives where there is no TV. Happily.

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