Songs of Insurgency
Fiction. The unique voice of Spencer Dew--a slowly simmered reduction of prose poetry with pulp gristle and bits of horror--has developed a loyal underground following. Within this timely--and occasionally unsettling--volume of short stories is a woman who erases history textbooks, painting over horror after horror with a liquid paper brush...a groundskeeper who fishes yet another body out of the lake at a suicide camp...a man who scans through radio channels late at night, longing for the fulfillment of apocalyptic fantasy. SONGS OF INSURGENCY presents a post-9/11 world in the process of being dismantled. Fear segues to paranoia; and alienation to sadism or suicide or a droning, dial-tone numbness. Yet amidst all this dislocation and unease, just audible above the fake moans on the phone sex line, a vision of an authentic alternative existence tests its wings.
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