These short stories from the fabulously-named ‘Manic D’ press in California reminded me of early Douglas Coupland and Tama Janowitz, but updated to 2001. They are skazzy first-person narratives with sharp dialogue, and chirpy, witty, wide-eyed characters struggling with the craziness of West Coast city life, and working as performance artists, mimes and poets. There’s a lot of attention to the surface and shallowness of things, hopeless relationships, clothes and hairstyles. A few are more like character sketches; the character gets established and then they’re over, as if the story is simply that a person this strange is like, _around_. The one in the form of a blog doesn’t quite work? – it keeps having to refer back to events that followers of the purported blog would already know? But even there, the prose is a pleasure to read, and made me feel like getting hold of this writer’s first novel. Can anyone recommend it?