Partial List of People to Bleach Paperback – 13 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Gary Lutz is the author of THE GOTHAM GRAMMARIAN (Calamari Press, 2015), PARTIAL LIST OF PEOPLE TO BLEACH (Future Tense Books, 2013), DIVORCER (Calamari Press, 2011), I LOOKED ALIVE (Black Square Editions, 2010), and STORIES IN THE WORST WAY (Calamari Press, 2009).
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It's never about what he's writing about, it's always about how. It's never about the binding either. This little PLOPTB pamphlet of off-set 6.5x11" stapled stories can't be flaunted in your bookcase; it tucks between big fat books and gets lost.
As Amazing Amazon isn't offering their Look Inside feature here, here are some sentences which I just skimmed to toss in: Days were not so much finished as effaced/I once had a husband, an unsoaring, incompact man of forty, but I often felt carried away from the marriage/When you are no good at what you do, it does you no good to triumph at whatever you might come home to, either... Lines like that you could sing are everywhere in his work. The make their own tunes. You could even hum them.
Really, I didn't pick out those lines, I just twirled and dropped a finger on random pages. Wish I could write like that. I know that when I return to reread his words they're still fresh, familiar but unrecognizable until actually read. And then only maybe.
If you like how something is written as much or more than what is written, G.Lutz is your writer. (I know I wrote something like that earlier, but he enthuses me.) If only he wrote more. I'd preorder everything. Loan his books to friends or strangers and when they inevitably failed to return them, buy more.
Buy one, you'll buy them all. And want to thank me, but by then you'll forget
how you came to Gary Lutz. Which makes me feel unselfish and noble.
Stories in the Worst Way
I read an unusual book of short stories yesterday. It's unlikely that you would come across it in the ordinary run of things -it was published as a chap book (folded and stapled instead of bound, etc.) and the author isn't anyone I'd heard of before. I came across it through cross-reference on Amazon. I'd posted a review of Ben Marcus's The Flame Alphabet (it came out in January) and was checking to see what else Marcus had published thta I'd like to read.
The name Gary Lutz was mentioned as having a somewhat similar, aggressively modernist approach to language and story telling. It turns out he does.
The book is entitled Partial List of People to Bleach. It contains seven stories in fifty-six pages. (He doesn't write long.) They're hard to describe, barely stories, more like scratchings on a wall by someone locked in a cell of his own devising. Lutz's use of language is quirky and, I find, riveting. He scrunches words together, changes the endings, etc. It's like his narrators are both super-literate (in their vocabulary) and not wholly literate at all, or maybe dyslexic as to nuance. His characters are all, without exception, losers. None of them win, even on the small stuff. The people they interact with, the sex they engage in (typically with both sexes in the course of the same story) is unsuccessful, dreary and unsatisfying. It's not even like Kafka or the poems of Paul Celan because these people's horizons and lives are too small. But it's strangely affecting and some of the sentences and images are emotionally charged and intensely poetic.
Dennis Cooper, whose own stories are unremittingly bleak and dirty, but likewise powerful --Cooper writes like a small scale Jean Genet-- praises Lutz. I'm going to order something else by him because he's the real thing.
She absolutely loved the book.
Thanks for sending this so quickly.
As for the book she mentioned that it was a great read and she loves how the author writes. She describes his writing as quirky and unique.