Alexandra Chasin’s remarkable stories employ forms as diverse as cryptograms (in "ELENA=AGAIN") and sentence diagrams (in "Toward a Grammar of Guilt") to display her interest in fiction as al form constituted by print on the page, every bit as much as poetry.
In "They Come From Mars," the words are arrayed on the page like troops, embodying the xenophobic image of invading armies of immigrant and illegal aliens that animates the narrative. One story incorporates personal ads ("Lynette, Your Uniqueness"), another is organized alphabetically ("2 Alphabets"), while another leaves sentences unfinished ("Composer and I"). A number of stories take metafictional turns, calling attention to the process of writing itself. The last piece in the collection plays with genre distinctions, including an index of first lines and a general index. Set in New York, New England, Paris, and Morocco, these tales are narrated by men and women, old and young, gay, straight, and bisexual; one narrator is not a person at all, but a work of art. Each of these deft, playful, and sometimes anarchic fictions is different from the others,
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Review: Kissed ByUser Review - Debra Blasi - Goodreads
This writer is brilliant. And if you have the chance to hear her read her writing, you must. Tongue gymnastics!!! Chasin makes reading fun again for old fartettes like me who are constantly seeking something smart and original and aesthetically entrancing. Read full review
Review: Kissed ByUser Review - Megan - Goodreads
as with any collection, some stories completely eclipse their neighbors. this one's laurels rest on a delicious cryptogram and a series of sentence diagrams deconstructing pres bush's speeches. sweet. Read full review
The Mystery of Which Mystery
Lynette Your Uniqueness
Potatoes You Ask
all kinds of people on the Q train
B G I
Why Im Jealous
Who Writes This Shit?
Composer and I
They Come From Mars
Please Compose Your Photographs More Carefully
So What Elapses?
Toward a Grammar of Guilt
Kant Get Enough