Valley: A Novel

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Bend Press, 1998 - Fiction - 195 pages
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Novel. ."..the book jumps from genre to genre, turning the author, Mike Daily, into a young Frankenstein, concocting his own literary monster (by using) a pastiche of journal entries, newspaper dippings, poetry and screenplay scenes..." (Warp Magazine). Daily's novel begins with a list of the zero other books he has written and ends with several blank pages for "notes, " and, at points between, touches on topics ranging from Dostoevsky to the absence of the letter "Q" on most soda machines. The book is tentatively set in the post-apocalyptic/present-day moonscape of the San Fernando Valley, sports chapter-tides such as "long-distance methamphetamine lamentations" and "the bathroom god, " and features hand-written marginalia, a burnt page "specially singed (sic) by the poet, " and a pervasive sense of aesthetic indeterminacy interrupted regularly by bouts of hilarity: "Freya was making dinner and I was leafing through Gunshot and Stab Wounds, a brochure I must have picked up at the hospital, when someone knocked at the door." Daily lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he edits international BMX magazines.

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