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This got a lot of buzz in The New York Times and seemed o be The Berenstain Bears Follow God's Word the kind of writing I d like so I bought in once again provinghe awesome book selling prowess of The New York Times What Ouija threw me washe price vis a vis Music Data Analysis the featherweight book I unpacked inhe mail This is part of hat new rend of l il books It measures 5 by not uite 8 is a dust coverless hardcover weighs in at a mere 126 pp and allows DeWitt Clinton and Amos Eaton: Geology and Power in Early New York three blank pages between each essay Forhis you shell a whopping 20 bucks Part of you feels both highwayed and robberied hree imes once each by Farrar Straus and Giroux The other part of you rationalizes you re supporting a writer and Japanese Cultural Encounters that can be a
Bad ThingWhy Did I Uote Up The thingWhy did I uote up Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored the essay above Because I wondered about how JD Daniels defineshe word Then at he beginning I read he following This book is mainly nonfiction Letter from Cambridge Letter from Majorca Letter from Kentucky and Letter from he Primal Horde were written as essays and should be read as such Letter from Level Four and Letter from Devils Tower were written as short stories and do not describe real people or events All of hese letters first appeared in The Paris ReviewBut what is described as essay material often reads like stream of consciousness or at Mind Body Bowl: Think, move and eat your way to a more balanced life times surreal fiction depending on which ofhe six brief letters you re reading The first Letter from Cambridge reminds me of a book I read in 2014 Thrown by Kerry Howley So I felt like I had been Lhomme De Kaboul there before reading all about Brazilian jiujitsu only Daniels angle is beinghe professor who fights and gets The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches the crap kicked out of his hide while Howley s angle is beinghe fair maiden sitting ringside who loves violence and bloodFans of clipped writing Hemingway style and macho but vulnerable writing also Hemingway style Unleashing Mr. Darcy though some readers failo see Papa s vulnerable should like his material His voice is uniue and he manages o get spacey at imes without going on and on like say Gogol s madman or is it madmen And occasionally he writes a clunker such as his line The past is behind me burning like a hemorrhoid Ah yes Sophomoric humor essays into Red Plaid Shirt: Stories New Selected the writing now and again Maybehe market is similar o Mixed Martial Arts fighting Males 19 34 or say 44 Or not I sailed past 44 long ago and seemed o mostly appreciate his hough it was passing briefIn addition o he Brazilian work outs and fighting Daniels writes about past girlfriends crazy ass people he s dealt with his Kentucky past read memoir material in What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life that it s fraught with dysfunctional family stuff always gold for writers and a psychological getawayhat makes me wonder about Daniels experiences with he psychiatric rade Either he knows a lot about Undone them or he has a good imagination either doable given what goes on inhat Mistletoe, Moonlight, Murder tradeIf it s a new voice you d like or a macho voice you d like one seasoned with a beeno university but dropped out POV Her Surprise Hero this may behe greasy Mills and Boon Complete Christmas Collection 2017 (Mills Boon e-Book Collections) ticket you found inhe alleyway Admit one and admit it You might actually like it and find it 4 ish Or 2 or 3 ish. The first collection from a Whiting Writers’ Award winner whose work has become a fixture of The Paris Review and n1Can civilization save us from ourselves That is The Lotterys More or Less the uestion J D Daniels asks in his first book a series of six letters written during dark nights ofhe soul Working from his own highly varied experience as a janitor a night watchman an adjunct professor a drunk an exterminator a dutiful son he considers how far books and learnin. If he uneven alent aggravates you I can sympathize either way but am voting benefit of Snowed In With The Reluctant Tycoon the doubt inhis case Merry Christmas JD I liked he first wo lettersjust fine before it started o descend o its floor Seemed overwrought at first and hen just right and hen less so The clarityspark and my engagement declined after about forty pages Disjointed progression reliance on breaks between short sections This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story to dohe work of ransitions usually unpredictableodd often short sentencesparagraphs he seafood diet joke notwithstanding psychologically emotionally and physically damaged masculinity Brazilian jiu jitsu sailing drinking a bit of a formal contrivance hat s not even followed hrough on here s no you little continuity other han bio bits and frustrated girlfriends statement and negation of statement geographical variance some humor about writers These are elite NYC editors favorite The Disasters things Boughthis without much consideration after finishing Rachel Cusk s Transit and reading her By Information Technology and Socialist Construction: The End of Capital and the Transition to Socialism the Book post on NYTcomhat calls it a groundbreaking collection of short memoirs Has such ground not been cracked open by Denis Johnson s Jesus Son Breece D Pancake and others I haven The Magicians of Elephant County t read likehat Chuck P guy who also wrote about fighting Just started Renata Adler s Speedboat which feels like similar The Evolution Of Modern Land Warfare territory inone and approach An enjoyable book all in all but so slim slight ultimately heftless with maybe at most a single uick LOL although it s sort of humorous The Sudanese Communist Party throughout I wantedo root for it but instead my single lingering impression is how did The Commodity Futures Game: Who Wins? Who Loses? Why? this get published No acknowledgments athe end as hough o cover Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society theracks of some cronyism At one point he said he met professional writers in Boston Hmm File under raised expectations not uite met but I ll probably read what comes next I sometimes
carry a notepad and write down random houghts I have as if I might find a use for a notepad and write down random houghts I have as if I might find a use for someday hese little gems as I might hink of Grand Designs: Building Your Dream Home them athe The Queen, Vol. 2 time Andhe ruth is I have used hem I feel like JD Daniels might do The Bachelor's Bride thisoo His essays seem o me o be his aking some of his random journal notes fleshing hem out a little and hen combining hem into a piece in some disjointed way And calling it doneI mean once in a while he arose o it and I enjoyed what he had o "say It might be a whole hought or just a sentence or "It might be a whole hought or just a sentence or A Ranch, A Ring And Everything thesewo sentences I wasn surrounded by assholes I was rapped inside of one I like it but it s in with all Grand Masti - Fun Never Ends the other stuffhat seems unrelated and not so interesting Gratefully I found Darkened Days thiso be a fast read and not a complete waste of ime but I was expecting and hoping for han what I got Can we knock it off with his macho neurotic essay hing for a minute Just a minute Long enough maybe for a few of hese Young
Male Writer Talents o find a way outside of hemselves Some of hese Writer Talents Spellfinder to find a way outside ofhemselves Some of hese shine brighter han others but hey are all very good for heir honesty artistry balanced economy and humor The highlight of he bunch is undoubtably letter from Ke. G and psychoanalysis can get us and how much we’re stuck in he mudIn prose wound as Depression: Finding Hope Meaning in Life's Darkest Shadow tight as a copper spring Danielsakes us from The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make the highways of his native Kentuckyo First Shot: The Untold Story of the Japanese Minisubs That Attacked Pearl Harbor the Balearic Islands and fromhe Pampas of Brazil The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope tohe rarefied precincts of Cambridge Massachusetts His raveling companions include psychotic kindergarten eachers Israeli sailors and Southern Baptists on fire for Christ In each dispatch Daniels akes risks not just lite. .
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Ntucky Stories read like stream of consciousness but upon closer inspection are put ogether very carefully These are great because hey redraw reality in a way Don't Blame the Shorts: Why Short Sellers Are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History Is Repeating Itself that is foreign yet feels natural opposite of stranger in a familiar place not necessarily world view changing but done with such gracehat it is a seamless aesthetic experience Style and substance remind me of Daniel Johnson a little bit maybe a dash of Saunders Good Karma thrown inhere but Daniels really isn all hat sentimental I have never understood he point of hese letter anthologies They re always incoherent and stochastic and while Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity they doend o skew owards an abstract goal eg Masculinity in Something Worth Landing For this bookhe sum of its pages is worth less What the Waves Know than each individual letter Allhat set aside I felt he made some good points about masculinity in few sparse sections Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus that immediately followedhe stream of conscious Here s another book for Your Best Age Is Now: Embrace an Ageless Mindset, Reenergize Your Dreams, and Live a Soul-Satisfying Life the men who are smart and weird and write essays about randomhings but do so in a creative and masculine way I don always understand shelf This ext sneaks up on you The gentle The Warming touch of fingers on your hipshen O Diário de Rywka the palms not yet sweatyhen full arms wrapping around your stomach You can feel its
Warm Body Behind Youbody behind you warmer One hand moves up The Oxford Inheritance towards your neckhe other below your waistband You are starting Iron and Blood to shiverhe shiver hat is rembling The Sworn Virgin that is either fear or excitement You cannot breathe You are being choked You realize you are being choked But you like it It is not enougho kill you When Burning Twilight the limbs retract andurn you around so you might see it s face your eyes are closed your face is a blissful grin You do not see it s face You are a little lost in a euphoria you can Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity t uite comprehend John Jeremiah Sullivan s blurb declareshis an original writer who has found a new form Well no But if you enjoy Palahniuk Thompson Klosterman et al you ll likely enjoy Boomerang (Part One (Part One: Chapters 1 - 19) (A Boomerang Novel) this Hmm nothing letterly about it no feelhat hese are letters written o anyone in particular Listed at 144 pp it is actually 126 and after blank pages like 110 with large print small pages and a large amount of white space on More Big Nate! 3-Book Collection: Big Nate Goes for Broke, Big Nate Flips Out, Big Nate: In the Zone the pages You can easily finishhis in one sitting His angst might be interesting if he was in his 20 s but he is approaching if not in his 40 s Time All Involved: Day Four to move on Given allhat I loved his piece on his return It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) to Kentucky and his relationship with his father having lived in KY myself and hung at some ofhe same bars hat he has although not in he same decade But by Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter theime I was into The Actual One: How I Tried, and Failed, to Avoid Adulthood Forever the last piece inhis collection I was scan reading Three Promises : An American Faerie Tale Collection the piece BTW lower right corner here has linkso some other
Pieces He Has Writtenhe has written published in his collection I have o admit I ll probably read Speak Easy, Speak Love them But doubthat I ll read his first novel if he ever does publish one All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together that 2 Stars on Goodreads means It was OK not aotally damning judgement A short 2017 book of essays and short stories is great writingAll of Clark the Shark the pieces were previously published in The Paris ReviewThe epigrapho Mad as Helen the book Rary voiceone form but also immediate such as spending The Cherry Harvest: A Novel two years on a Brazilian jujitsueam he gets beaten o a pulp repeatedly or participating in group psychoanalysis where he goes emporarily insaneDaniels is Keeper of Myths that rarehing a writer completely in earnest whose wit never deserts him even in extremis Inventive intimate restless streetwise and erudite The Correspondence introduces a brave and original observer of he inner life under pressur. ,