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Love Without Paperback – 1 Jul 2007
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"Stahl's brilliantly demented riffs deserve to be read--or screamed--aloud."
An unexpected collection of darkly comic, erotic short stories by "the American hipster bard" -- James Ellory
"Stahl has earned the blurbs he's picked up along the way from James Ellroy, Hubert Selby, Jr., and Jim Carroll, and has the right to be counted in their skanky, stylish company....A better-than-Burroughs virtuoso."
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Meet Miss Chatty Cheeks, a woman of advanced years who abuses cocaine through an 'original' portal; Doris (an older woman) and early teen virgin Bob and the physical encounter they share in their assigned seats while flying across America; Puray, a chubby blond small person (AKA midget) who has a flair for using braised carrots in a most bizarre fashion; Lorraine and Mr. Carrigan who share an apartment wall with surprises; Vice President Dick Cheney in a sadomasochistic encounter with a fellow gun aficianado in the back room of a guns and ammo shop; and a religiously challenged prostitute convinced her services are acts of charity.
Some would call these stories smarmy at best, but that would be ignoring the superb writing of this fine author. He knows what he is about, loves to tantalize the reader with tales that border on hallucinations, and yet he rounds up these stories with such skill and craftsmanship that they hold the readers blushing attention. He may not be the first author to enter the realm of the bawdy, but he is the equal of many of the greats who have lasted through time with their naughty little tales. He is outrageous AND he is gifted! Grady Harp, September 07
It's not your average short story collection, these stories are cruel, sweaty, dirty and sometimes vile.
Of the eleven stories in the book, there was really only one that I didn't enjoy. "Lil Dickens", a satire about Dick Cheney, just didn't hit the mark.
A few of my favorites were:
Twilight of the Stooges
The Somnambulist's Wife
If you like Chuck Palahniuk and/or that kind of craziness ( I do), you would probably enjoy "Love Without".
This was my first Jerry Stahl book, but I plan to read his crime fiction / black comedies "Plainclothes Naked" & "Painkillers" which go together.