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This book = brilliant, genius, awesome, hip, cool, clever, cutting-edge, life-changing (in a good way). --Pagan Kennedy, author of Confessions of a Memory Eater<br /><br />Really, only Gianatasio could reference both Quasi-Stellar Radio Source and Regis Philbin in the same breath so effectively. Where language fails most, Gianatasio forges ahead in his own language…. The universe of Gianatastio is wickedly and deliciously sinister, yet hopeful and sweetly patient... Gianatastio's smart, witty, irreverent writing is as sharp and dark as ever. --Amy Guth, author of Three Fallen Women<br /><br />An imagination off the leash and charging into neighborhoods at midnight, knocking over trashcans, setting off alarms, disturbing your sleep, invading your dreams --David Barringer, author of American Home Life

Really, only Gianatasio could reference both Quasi-Stellar Radio Source and Regis Philbin in the same breath so effectively. Where language fails most, Gianatasio forges ahead in his own language…. The universe of Gianatastio is wickedly and deliciously sinister, yet hopeful and sweetly patient... Gianatastio's smart, witty, irreverent writing is as sharp and dark as ever. --Amy Guth, author of Three Fallen Women

An imagination off the leash and charging into neighborhoods at midnight, knocking over trashcans, setting off alarms, disturbing your sleep, invading your dreams --David Barringer, author of American Home Life

About the Author

David Gianatasio, one of the most prolific fiction writers on the Web, has been published in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Pindeldyboz, Eyeshot and countless other popular literary magazines. He has contributed to The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald and blogs for AdWeek's AdFreak.com. His first short story collection, Swift Kicks, was published in 2006 by Oregon-based So New Publishing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Word Riot Press (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977934314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977934317
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,369,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These intensely compressed and acutely funny pieces are often more probing and layered than they first appear. The author's tagged a humorist, but that probably sells him short. Much of this stuff ("You Want a Piece of Me?" "Dreamer" and the title story in particular) displays an impressive mastery of style and considerable storytelling skill. "Dreamer" is striking. It's a hilarious yet emotionally intense assault on reality that (rather brilliantly) all but "dismisses itself" to drive its final point home. The shorter vignettes, filler in most similar collections, are especially well-crafted and laser sharp at times. Sort of like crossing John Hodgman, Philip K. Dick and classic old issues of Mad Magazine. 4.5 stars is more like it!
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David Gianatasio successfully walks a difficult line: the intersection of humor and poignancy. He shows brilliant comic timing in "High-Anxiety Alphabet," disturbing hilarity in "Little Lies," beauty in "Free Spirit" and brilliance again in "...Post-Modern Geography Spelling Bee."

While I'm less enamored of the short "commercials," stories such as "You Want A Piece of Me?" make *Mind Games* a memorable--and worthwhile--read.
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After finishing this book I SERIOUSLY felt like I needed to sit in the shower for two hours, rocking and holding myself - in the GOOD way. This book is demented and hilarious. And VERY re-readable. I love this writer, but I'd be scared to hang out with him (scared in the GOOD way.)
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