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Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing Paperback – April 30, 2007
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Like most anthologies, there are some stories you like and some you don't. But I'm gonna fall kinda hard on the "Interstitial" category here, simply because (if this anthology is any example) it's so muddled, random, half-lif-fic-half-nonsense at times I found myself boredly flipping to the next story, only to find it repeated. A couple of the authors have really nice prose on their side - if only they had something else as well, ie interesting characters, a scene, a hook or plot or some reason for me to care. The first couple of stories (naturally) were weird and interesting, but after that it really fell into myopic, meandering, prosaic author-masturbation. Please note, I am NOT a literary fiction fan, so that's probably why I haven't found my money well spent here.
Honestly, the most interesting part of any of the stories were the author notes at the end, which describe how the hell they came up with this stuff. And I have a sneaking suspicion their explanations were the only thing that got them published.
3/5 For that random kinky cat story
Karen Jordan Allen, "Alternate Anxieties"
Christopher Barzak, "What We Know About the Lost Families of - House"
K. Tempest Bradford, "Black Feather"
Matthew Cheney, "A Map of the Everywhere"
Michael DeLuca, "The Utter Proximity of God"
Adrián Ferrero, "When It Rains, You'd Better Get Out of Ulga" (translated from Spanish)
Colin Greenland, "Timothy"
Csilla Kleinheincz, "A Drop of Raspberry" (translated from Hungarian)
Holly Phillips, "Queen of the Butterfly Kingdom"
Rachel Pollack, "Burning Beard - The Dreams and Visions of Joseph Ben Jacob, Lord Viceroy of Egypt"
Joy Marchand, "Pallas at Noon"
Anna Tambour, "The Shoe in SHOES' Window"
Veronica Schanoes, "Rats"
Léa Silhol, "Emblemata" (translated from French)
Jon Singer, "Willow Pattern"
Vandana Singh, "Hunger"
Mikal Trimm, "Climbing Redemption Mountain"
Catherynne Valente, "A Dirge for Prester John"
Leslie What, "Post hoc"
I count at least 6 really good stories out of 19, which is a lot better than most anthologies. 'Willow Pattern' is a catalogue of ceramics in a collection, which include at least one piece depicting aliens. 'A Drop of Raspberry' is the story of a lake who saves the life of a drowning man, and what they do after. In 'Timothy,' the namesake character turns into a man and shows up for dinner, as usual. 'The Utter Proximity of God' is funny. 'Queen of the Butterfly Kingdom' is by Holly Phillips, which means it's good; it's about a writer whose beloved is being held in a hostage situation. 'Burning Beard' is about the seer Joseph - yes, Joseph from the Bible. 'Climbing Redemption Mountain' is about two brothers whose semi-abusive father has died, and is very very good.