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A Room in Dodge City Paperback – January 11, 2017
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About the Author
David Leo Rice is a writer and animator from Northampton, Massachusetts, currently living in New York City. His stories have appeared in Black Clock, The Collagist, Birkensnake, Hobart, The Rumpus, The New Haven Review, Identity Theory, Nat. Brut, and elsewhere. This is his first novel. He has a B.A. in Esoteric Studies from Harvard University and can be found at raviddice.com and at @raviddice on Twitter.
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Or maybe so I *will* lose myself, but to Rice’s spooky-freaky-funny edge-of-reality vignettes. I’ve now read it three times: each time I’ve finished it, I’m left with a full mind-album. Ahead of me are days of coming down from the trip.
Funny story, and true: Months after I first read it, I’m riding the F train uptown and wham, out of nowhere the sex-with-Murph’s-intestine-scene comes to my subway-riding consciousness in vivid color. Dodge City has long-term benefits for the imagination.
Rice pushes situations and characters beyond where a more timid, less competent writer would stop. The story never loses sense but instead defines new awareness just past where the reader thinks s/he sees the limit.
I enjoyed the gentle, humorous writer self-references that Rice sprinkles throughout, and especially inventive descriptions: “I can’t take my eyes off him, his head gets larger and smaller like he’s pumping out used thoughts and sucking in fresh ones in a kind of dialysis.”
Rice makes new writing rules and breaks them only paragraphs later. It succeeds because the narrator is passive-adventurous and the writing is rich and sound.
Don’t try to figure out who what where when like I did on the first read. My best advice: give in, strip naked, throw away the helmet and ride this wild tale along the dream dystopia highway wherever it takes you.