Thirteen Points on The Gospel of Anarchy, Justin Taylor, and my confused sense of Reader Self

#40 of 2011 • The Gospel of Anarchy, by Justin Taylor 1 – September if last year, I read Taylor’s debut short story collection, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever, and found the experience rather disquieting. There’s immense talent—this author’s voice is definitely fresh [meandering at times, taut at others, glib, sometimes tender—but I [...]

“It took us some time. We knew I knew me but we wasn’t sure, and so stood there trading platitude futures while we plumbed every inner depth, searching for what had to be there. Each of us trying to remember our name, force it first onto the other one.” — Coming to grips with Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever by Justin Taylor

I've taken a lot of time thinking about what to say about Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, debut short story collection by Justin Taylor. As I've mentioned in a previous post, I convinced myself that it was going to be my new favorite book although it was months [of agony] before it finally landed [...]

Changing My Mind — Re Dave Eggers and Justin Taylor

Ah, expectations, you odd creature you. In the past week, I've read two authors I've had complicated relationships with, before actually reading them. And by actually reading them, complicated relationships got even more complicated. No, this isn't a metaphor for anything. Ahem. So. First: Dave Eggers. He's one of those writers I know by reputation, [...]