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Kevin Killian's forte as a writer has always been to merge his life with his fiction, his imagination with his reality. In Little Men, a collection of prose pieces, the line between fact and fancy, between actuality and invention is constantly blurred. Killian the writer becomes Killian the character as he shifts and shreds the conventions of traditional genres. A high school memoir of sexual exploits with priests is placed next to a meta-fiction about a drunken "Kevin" taking his son to the movies. Killian imagines alternative realities that dazzle us with his magic and his nerve.
"Kevin Killian has long been considered one of the finest, if unheralded, writers of experimental gay fiction." -- Amazon.com
Imagine Armistead Maupin tied up in latex and injected with sodium pentathol and you're halfway to the spirit of "Little Men." Kevin Killian is one of San Francisco's best experimental writers, and in these 11 short shorts he slips a magnet under nearly every moral compass with a chatty, diamond-sharp prose that reminded me somehow of Raymond Chandler--pulpy on the surface but with murderous depths below. "Chain of Fools" is one of the most bizarre and oddly moving accounts of growing up Catholic you'll ever read, while "Santa" and "Who Is Kevin Killian?" cover some dark psychological territory with the unblinking art of a Baudelaire (but a Baudelaire with cable and a thirst for Tab). If you like Kathy Acker or Dennis Cooper--or hey, even Louisa May Alcott--then Killian's your man. This book deserves to be more widely read and reviewed, so come on out all you K.K. fans and second this emotion!
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