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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press (May 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050339
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott McClanahan busts out these really touching stories from his life in West Virginia with all the painful, funny, jarring events that come along with living in postcoal Appalachian. The stories look at events that occur to McClanahan or the burnouts that live in his town, where decades of poverty and crushed dreams seem to warp logic and reason: when a friend accidentally hits a deer (and it survives) it comes completely naturally to run it over again, then mash its head in with a thermos, and when McClanahan witnesses two car crashes he assumes he has the power to cause these crashes. There is a considerable amount of violence in these stories and McClanaham can switch from absurd hilarity to gore in the blink of an eye. He navigates the changes masterfully. McClanahan has this tendency to end a lot of his stories with one sentence that has "impact". This has a hit or miss quality that can make good stories great but after three or four instances of these I was left scratching my head and wondering if it was really necessary every time. McClanahan often addresses the reader directly and does it well. He makes you think, asks you questions, gives you his phone number...He writes like he's having a conversation and this brings you in, makes you care about the characters and his life. The first few stories have a particularly moral bent, not preachy but McClanahan seems genuinely concerned with and explores what makes an action "good": one's intent? the eventual outcome? He never suggests a right or wrong path but does ask that we look at our actions more carefully, and seems to be suggesting a jaded pessimism. At least toward the inhabitants of his town. He also touches on the modern taboo of religion, though ambiguously.Read more ›
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These are some of the funniest stories I've ever read. This reads like a hilarious memoir of an absurd life. The order of the stories doesn't always make sense, but then again, neither does life! Congratulations to Mr. McClanahan on such a great collection. It's impossible to read this without laughing.
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The collected works of Scott McClanahan is a visceral experience. It explores existentialism through a lens that is often brushed off as the mundane. If you have a soul, Scott McClanahan will speak to it, and perform an open heart voodoo ritual to make you cry.
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Scott McClanahan is beautiful boy. I agree with him about George Saunder's hair. Somebody needed to call his ass out on that. After you read this book you'll want to shoot a gun, probably, just at a tree or something.
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This was my primer to the genius of Scott McClanahan.

His first two short story books are collected here, beginning with a strange introduction by Black Butler.

Standouts include: "The Rainelle Story," about One Armed Johnny and how he became that way; "The Homeless Guy," about a man who loses his sanity (and everything else) after a bum throws a bologna sandwich at his truck; and "The Prettiest Girl in Texas," about a stripper with a special gift. In fact, most stories in this book could qualify as a favorite.

There is even an afterword where ("ARE YOU READY?") writer Sam Pink discusses his fantasy of wanting to strangle McClanahan to death, which is very entertaining.

Here, McClanahan offers up a fresh take on southern storytelling which newer generations (those too young and/or inexperienced to have discovered Larry Brown/Richard Ford/Bobbie Anne Mason) can enjoy.
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I loved this book so much I wish I could give it six stars. Scott, and I feel I can call him Scott because you really know him after reading his books, is an original from an original undiluted part of the country that makes no apologies for its place in the world. They are smart dumb, poor successful and hardscrabble. The twisted logic of the guy on the front cover with the missing eye is one of the most insightful (no pun intended) stories about Appalachia and human nature I have ever read. If you have never been there or if you have spent your life in Appalachia, pick up or download this book. Mark my words, you will quickly purchase his other books as well.
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Scott's work resonates with me for some reason. I am not sure if it is style or content, maybe both. Whatever the case may be, this collection is wonderful. I also recommend clicking his name up there under the book title and buying everything else that pops up in the search.
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As a person who tries to purchase most of what Lazy Fascist puts out I was not expecting this. Simple stories that remind me of how life should be. Simple and Slow. So of course its based in the southern united states. McClanahan has a way to tell a story that just feels authentic and real and distant from technology and gadgets that overrun our lives today.
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