I’m always in the market for new short story collections, especially by writers I’ve never heard of. And if there’s one thing I like those stories to feature, it’s talking animals. If I can have two things, make them talking animals and a “sharp eye for fatuousness.” Unfortunately it doesn’t appear any of Gavin’s stories feature the former, but the latter, along with the rest of Powers’s praise makes me thing this story set might be worth a go all the same.
Technology has made truly incredible advances in the last 20 years. Set against the past century, or even against all of human history, it’s not crazy to say it might be the most rapid advancement we have yet achieved. So how does this affect us? Rushkoff’s book addresses this, and it appears to be quite interesting–if a tad depressing. Have we really “lost our capacity to absorb traditional narrative” as a people and is an “eternal present” really our obsession? If you’re feeling philosophical and a little gloomy, this looks to be a good pick.
If you’re looking for a little postmodernism to cheer you up (and who isn’t?), the guy who wrote I Am Not Sidney Poitier–which I haven’t read but have heard is good–has a new book out. This book sounds smart, funny, and sad. It’s sort of about an addled old man telling stories to his son, and then also sort of about…other stuff I guess. Like most postmodernism, this book is probably a lot of work. But sometimes the books that challenge their readers are the most worthwhile.
Quickly: I don’t think Demetri Martin is as funny as everybody else seems to think, and if the cover is anything to go by, I don’t think the drawings in his book of drawings are funny either. Honestly, I don’t really give a shit about the Tournament of Books, but if you do, you might find this interesting. (Sidenote: Rosencrans Baldwin sort of looks like Rick Santorum.)