David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest, The Broom of the System, Oblivion and other works committed suicide on September 12, 2008, after a long battle with depression. The NYT’s A.O Scott describes him as an “ally and an influence, a link between the giants who inspired and enraged him and whoever comes next.” I bought Oblivion about two years ago, but didn’t get around to reading it. The day David Foster Wallace died, I read a story called “Incarnations of Burned Children.” When I recovered I read through the collection. One perfect story after another. (For an excellent review of this collection, see Adrienne Martini’s article on Bookslut.) Incarnations blew my mind. It singed my brain. It changed me. Not only because of its subject matter, but also because of its perfection. Like the sky on a clear night. It’s perfection made me feel small and that it was alright to feel that way.
One or two places left – I’m already loving this group. Looking forward to introducing some new and old fiction that I’ve loved this year by Angela Slatter, Ursula LeGuin, Jeffrey Ford and Yoko Ogawa.
You can pre-order the book here. Or more options from Meerkat Press. It’s been getting some buzz so far, which I’m buzzed about. But thank you Ouija.Doodle.reads for one of my favorite images so far.
So whatever I said about you, 2019, I take it back. I always thought there was something ominous about the way you looked at me in the rear view with your staring eyes and squiggly sideways eyebrows, and, well here we are. Apart from feeling sad all the time, I’m one of the okay ones….
Here is a plug for my friend Russell Rowland’s new book, which is a finalist in this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Competition. Better still, why not just go straight to my review here.
An incredible Conflux Weekend, culminating in being honored by the committee and voters with this wholly unexpected award. Grateful doesn’t begin to described it. I am totally floored. Congrats to all the finalists and winners, especially pals J.Ashley Smith (Best Novella) and the divine Kaaron Warren (Best Collection, Best Short Story). Aside from that, it…
Thank you to the talented author Chris Kelso for having me on his blog, Words from the Wise, where I talk about that of which I know nothing.