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"Rarely have the rules of narrative been more imaginatively ignored." —Slate.com

"The writing is Brian Joseph Davis at his madcap best. . . . Davis is an inventive writer, and his irreverent wit and absurdist tendencies permeate I, Tania. . . . For those looking for something wildly original [this book] is worth kidnapping."  —This Magazine

"By turns aggressive and hilarious, it's a twisted assault on mass culture where nothing is sacred and nothing is safe. Blowing things up has never been so much fun."  —National Post

"Should appeal to fans of 1970s and 80s pop culture and cultural theory, and those who can appreciate a good Donald Barthelme joke."  —Quill & Quire

"If punk rock was a book, this would be it."  —Philadelphia Weekly

"The sustained radical reading of [The Bad News Bears] is the funniest piece of writing I’ve come across all year."  —FFWD

"An absurdly attractive prose poem that is filled with laughter and lyrical aphorisms."  —Hour

"An insanely funny first novel . . . innovative and truly bizarre."  —NOW Magazine

About the Author

Brian Joseph Davis is an artist and the author of Portable Altamont. His audio art has been acclaimed by PitchforkSalon, and Wired. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 115 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (November 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550227823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550227826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,516,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brian Joseph Davis is the author of Portable Altamont, a collection that garnered praise from Spin magazine for its "elegant, wise-a** rush of truth, hiding riotous social commentary in slanderous jokes." Slate called I, Tania, his first novel, "the book of your fever dreams." His music and radio productions have been acclaimed by Wired, Pitchfork, Salon, and LA Weekly, which wrote, "Davis has an amazing head for aural experiments that are smart on paper and fascinating in execution."

Davis is co-founder of Joylandmagazine.com , which the CBC called "the go-to spot for readers seeking the best in short fiction."

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Slate.com on I, Tania (2007)

"When I first pulled Brian Joseph Davis' I, Tania from the new arrivals shelf, I narcissistically wondered if it was an elaborate hoax. Its apparent themes coincided so perfectly with my personal obsessions--the Symbionese Liberation Army, 1980s sports stars, Marxist-Leninist linguistics, kidnapped heiresses, suicidal rock stars--it seemed like a custom Build-a-Bear of a novel created just for me. ..Rarely have the rules of narrative been more imaginatively ignored--the book is full of guest lists for parties that never happened, urban guerrilla fashion tips, and a glimpse at what a truly revolutionary sex-toy catalog would look like.I, Tania is for people who like comic books but don't care for the drawings, for readers who enjoy '70s television and Donald Barthelme, and for fans of The Bad News Bears. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to argue the merits of punk rock versus Detroit techno with Katie Couric live on daytime TV, it may well be the book of your fever dreams."

SPIN on Portable Altamont (2005)
"An elegant, wise-a** rush of truth, hiding riotous social commentary in slanderous jokes. In Davis' lyrical aphorisms, celebrity is a dazzling mirror of our most regal fears and dreams, as well as a dinky death rattle...It almost feels like he's leading a palace coup."

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Davis seems to be under the impression to incongruous mash-ups pass for humor and writing, filling his paragraphs with vaguely linked characters juxtaposed with obviously ridiculous attributes. Sometimes - but not often enough - amusing, the whole book feels like a second-rate Mark Leyner rough draft.
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