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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Artistically Declined Press (January 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467558540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467558549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... In his new collection, Amdahl offers surprise after surprise so that if you've read nearly all his work (as I have), you wonder at your own gullibility or faith, need or desire, expectations and how to measure your satisfaction. I swear I stopped at one point in reading a new story, set down the book, and wondered out loud how, exactly, Amdahl was going to complicate, turn, answer or otherwise write his way out of the plot or premise and do that thing that he does: square a circle, or circle a square.   (Andrew Tonkovich, OC Weekly )

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Gary Byrdelle Amdahl was born in Jackson, Minnesota in 1956. He was raised and lived in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, spent several years in upstate New York and Connecticut, and now lives in Redlands, California.

His plays, produced in the Twin Cities in the 80s, include "Going Down," "Fall Down Go Boom," "Dead Hand," "Tonight's the Night," "The Border," "Hawaii," "Getting the Hell Out of Dodge," and "Night, Mystery, Secresie, and Sleep." He was awarded two Jerome Fellowships at The Playwright's Lab in Minneapolis, and was a participant in Midwest Playlabs.

His stories, essays, book and theater reviews, and literary features articles and interviews have appeared in Agni, A Public Space, The Massachusetts Review, The Gettysburg Review, Fiction, The Quarterly, Santa Monica Review, Third Bed, Minnetonka Review, New York Times Book Review, The Nation, the Washington Post, Boston Globe, The Hungry Mind Review, and many other monthlies, weeklies, and dailies. He was awarded a Pushcart Prize and appeared in the PP anthology.

His books are: "The Intimidator Still Lives in Our Hearts" (2013, Artistically Declined Press), "I Am Death" (2008, Milkweed Editions), "Visigoth" (2006, Milkweed Editions, winner of ME National Fiction Prize), and, with Leslie Brody, "A Motel of the Mind" (2001, Philos Press).

With "Intimidator," Artistically Declined Press has begun The Amdahl Library Project, which will see six more books published, one each January until 2019. Much of this work has been previously published in the magazines listed above; The Amdahl Library Project will see these books published in complete, unabridged, uniform editions.

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By sft on June 16, 2013
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Amdahl starts off this brilliant and thought-provoking collection with a question "When for Christ's sake, did I come to know what I know now?". His stories try to answer the question - but knowledge is so hard to come by in a world where one sees only reflected light and glimpses of truth, pieces of memories and half understood longings. Forces pull at his characters (Bookstore salesmen, hockey bookie, actors and island weekenders) like the tides, pulling them towards life and then towards death and back again. These stories swell my heart with their beauty and sadness.
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