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Stupor: A Treasury of True Stories Paperback – April 9, 2011

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Imagine life as a giant plate-glass window. Imagine that pane of glass dropped from a great height into a weedy, abandoned lot and shattering into thousands of pieces. In his astonishing zine, Stupor, Steve Hughes roams that empty lot, collecting life's glass shards glittering, lacerating, and full of sad, haunted beauty. Hughes is a masterful curator of human experience. Compassionate, darkly poetic, and bristling with punk-rock restlessness, the stories in this book illuminate our world in surprising and profound ways. I'm a huge fan. --Davy Rothbart, FOUND Magazine and This American Life

I like the way Steve Hughes writes, and the way he hears stories and writes them down. I like Stupor's attitude toward being alive, which I'd call cool and compassionate. If I were making an ad for Stupor, it might have a slightly hallucinogenic, color photograph of a big old house with a wraparound porch. Underneath the picture: Stupor makes me want to hang out, drink a cold beer and grab a few laughs. --Lynne Tillman, author of American Genius, A Comedy

Stupor is terrific --Dennis Cooper, Author of Frisk and Try

About the Author

Steve Hughes lives right smack in the middle of the post-industrial ruins of Detroit in a small immigrant community called Hamtramck. Although he might spend too much time drinking beer in local bars, this is his favorite spot to listen to other people talk and collect stories, which he digests, and writes, and finally assembles into a Stupor. In 2010, he was awarded a Kresge Literary Fellowship. In 2011, The Kresge Foundation awarded him a grant to fund the printing of Stupor: A Treasury of True Stories.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stupor House; First edition (April 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615451721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615451725
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,491,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa L on August 2, 2014
Stupor is what you have been waiting for. Stupor is what you have been lusting after, while reading all of that dry mainstream fiction that lines airport bookstore shelves and The New York Times best seller list. Stupor is the real, the gritty, the surprising, and tender work of Detroit Writer Steve Hughes. What Hughes does in this collection will wow you. Story after story, in a collection of 14 or so previously self published 'Zines, he faithfully documents and sometimes elaborates on the plight of the All American working man and woman, telling their own tales of success and failure from the bar stool next to him.
What I enjoyed most was the format that accompanies his Zine. Each issue is a little gift; unique because of the artist that Hughes collaborates with to layout and illustrate each issue. The illustrations, done by some of the Detroit art-world's best artists, are a joy to behold and a further window into the city that is a living contradiction of the American dream.
Get a copy. Heck! Get 10! Give 'em to your family for Valentines Day. They will love you for this collection.
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By Mary Ann Mayer on July 22, 2011
I've been reading Stupor for about 15 years. What a treat to be able to buy a compilation in book form! You will laugh your ass of, guaranteed!
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