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T measures 5 by not uite 8 is a dust coverless hardcover weighs in at a mere 126 pp and allows three blank pages between ach ssay For this you shell a whopping 20 bucks Part of you feels both highwayed and robberied three times once ach by Farrar Straus and Giroux The other part of you rationalizes you re supporting a writer and that can t be a bad thingWhy did I uote up the word ssay above Because I wondered about how JD Daniels defines the

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Then at the I read the following This book is mainly nonfiction Letter from Cambridge Letter from Majorca Letter from Kentucky and Letter from the Primal Horde were written as ssays 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 vents All of these letters first appeared in The Paris ReviewBut what is described as ssay material often reads like stream of consciousness or at times surreal fiction depending on which of the 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 there before reading all about Brazilian jiujitsu only Daniels angle is being the professor who fights and gets the crap kicked out of his hide while Howley s angle is being the fair maiden sitting ringside who loves violence and bloodFans of clipped writing Hemingway style and macho but vulnerable writing also Hemingway style though some readers fail to see Papa s vulnerable should like this material His voice is uniue and he manages to get spacey at times without going on and on like say Gogol s madman or is it madmen And occasionally he writes a clunker such as this line The past is behind me burning like a hemorrhoid Ah yes Sophomoric humor ssays into the writing now and again Maybe the market is similar to Mixed Martial Art Here s another book for the men who are smart and "weird and write ssays about random things but do so in a creative and masculine way I don t "and write A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, essays about random things but do so in a creative and masculine way I don t understa Can we knock it off with this macho neuroticssay thing for a minute Just a minute Long The Shadow Reader enough maybe for a few of these Young Male Writer Talents to find a way outside of themselves A short 2017 book ofssays and short stories is great writingAll of the pieces were previously published in The Paris ReviewThe Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies epigraph to the book is by William S Burroughs Maybethe real novel is the letters to you They read as if lettersto the world Concerning such topics as boxing in Brazil beinghigh on drugs being a bad boyfriendtc There is a boldand highly detailed intimacy in the tales which makes themexciting There are Letters To Cambridge from Majoricafrom Kentucky and from The Primal Horde Recommend. Rary voice tone form but also immediate such as spending two years on a Brazilian jujitsu team he gets beaten to a pulp repeatedly or participating in group psychoanalysis where he goes temporarily insaneDaniels is that rare thing a writer completely in arnest whose wit never deserts him ven in The Power Of A Choice extremis Inventive intimate restless streetwise andrudite The Correspondence introduces a brave and original observer of the inner life under pressur. ,
The CorrespondenceI liked the first two lettersjust fine before it started to descend to its floor Seemed overwrought at first and then just right and then so The to descend to its floor Seemed overwrought at first and then just right then less so The and my ngagement declined after about forty pages Disjointed progression reliance on breaks between short sections to do the work of transitions usually unpredictableodd often short sentencesparagraphs the seafood diet joke notwithstanding psychologically motionally and physically damaged masculinity Brazilian jiu jitsu sailing drinking a bit of a formal contrivance that s not ven followed through on there s no you little continuity other than bio bits and frustrated girlfriends statement and negation of statement geographical variance some humor about writers These are lite NYC The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right editors favorite things Bought this without much consideration after finishing Rachel Cusk s Transit and reading her By the Book post on NYTcom that 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 t read like that Chuck P guy who also wrote about fighting Just started Renata Adler s Speedboat which feels like similar territory in tone and approach Annjoyable book all in all but so slim slight ultimately heftless with maybe at most a single uick LOL although it s sort of humorous throughout I wanted to root for it but instead my single lingering impression is how did this get published No acknowledgments at the Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling end as though to cover the tracks of some cronyism At one point he said he met professional writers in Boston Hmm File under raisedxpectations not uite met but I ll probably read what comes next This text sneaks up on you The gentle touch of fingers on your hips then the palms not yet sweaty then full arms wrapping around your stomach You can feel its warm body behind you getting warmer One hand moves up towards your neck the other below your waistband You are starting to shiver the shiver that is trembling "that is Monsieur Pain either fear orxcitement You cannot breathe You are being choked You realize you are being choked But you "is ither fear or xcitement You cannot breathe You are being choked You realize you are being choked But you it It is not nough to kill you When the limbs retract and turn you around so you might see it s face your yes are closed your face is a blissful grin You do not see it s face You are a little lost in a uphoria you can t uite comprehend Some of these stories shine brighter than others but they are all very good for their honesty artistry balanced conomy and humor The highlight of the bunch is undoubtably letter from Kentucky Stories read like stream of consciousness but upon closer inspection are put together very carefully These are great because they redraw reality in a way that is foreign yet feels natural op. 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 uestion J D Daniels asks in his first book a series of six letters written during dark nights of the soul Working from his own highly varied Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. experience as a janitor a night watchman an adjunct professor a drunk anxterminator a dutiful son he considers how far books and learnin.

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Po I have never understood the point of these letter anthologies They re always incoherent and stochastic and while they do tend to skew towards an abstract goal g Masculinity in this book the sum of its pages is worth less than ach individual letter All that set aside I felt he made some good points about masculinity in few sparse sections that immediately followed the stream of consciousness style of writing into mildly amusing anecdotes I sometimes carry a notepad immediately followed the stream of consciousness style of writing into mildly amusing anecdotes I sometimes carry a notepad write down random thoughts I have as if I might a use "For Them Someday These "them someday these gems as might think of them at the time And the truth is I have used them I feel like JD Daniels might do this too His ssays seem to me to be his taking some of his random journal notes fleshing them out a little and then combining them into a piece in some disjointed way And calling it doneI mean once in a while he arose to it and I njoyed what he had to say It might be a whole thought or just a sentence or like these two sentences I wasn t surrounded by assholes I was trapped inside of one I like it but it s in with all the other stuff that seems unrelated and not so interesting Gratefully I found this to be a fast read and not a complete waste of time but I was Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, expecting and hoping for than what I got John Jeremiah Sullivan s blurb declares this an original writer who has found a new form Well no But if younjoy Palahniuk Thompson Klosterman Il morto di Maigret et al you ll likelynjoy this Hmm nothing letterly about it no feel that these are letters written to 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 the pages You can asily finish this 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 to move on Given all that I loved his piece on his return to Kentucky and his relationship with his father having lived in KY myself and hung at some of the same bars that he has although not in the same decade But by the time I was into the last piece in this collection I was scan reading the piece BTW lower right corner here has links to some other pieces he has written not published in this collection I have to admit I ll probably read them But doubt that I ll read his first novel if he ver does publish one that 2 Stars on Goodreads means It was OK not a totally damning judgement This got a lot of buzz in The New York Times and seemed to be the kind of writing I d like so I bought in once again proving the awesome book selling prowess of The New York Times What threw me was the price vis a vis the featherweight book I unpacked in the mail This is part of that new trend of l il books G and psychoanalysis can get us and how much we’re stuck in the mudIn prose wound as tight as a copper spring Daniels takes us from the highways of his native Kentucky to the Balearic Islands and from the Pampas of Brazil to the rarefied precincts of Cambridge Massachusetts His traveling companions include psychotic kindergarten teachers Israeli sailors and Southern Baptists on fire for Christ In ach dispatch Daniels takes risks not just lite. ,

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