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Sweet, Sweet Stories, Some Sweeter than Others Paperback – September 1, 2017
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"Sweet, Sweet Stories, Some Sweeter Than Others is a collection of short tales that aren't always 'sweet' in the sense of light pleasure, but which always hold messages and food for thought in a collection especially recommended for short story readers who like their vignettes sharp and intriguing. One doesn't anticipate that suspense, drama, metaphysical topics and powerful psychological works will fall into the category of 'sweet,' but all these themes meld in a form of autobiography and reflection that succeeds in crafting powerful tales of angst, healing, relationships and life's chance interactions. Take, for example, 'O, Ye of Little Faith'. Here, a nursing home sojourn among the barely-living turns into new revelations about life and death as an isolated, lonely man who wants to die confronts the reality of imminent demise in those around him. Or consider 'Asylum?' in which a woman who processes immigrants who are seeking asylum finds a way to reconsider her own role in decisions about who lives or possibly dies in the country they're fleeing from. The overall strong impact of these satisfyingly diverse pieces cannot be denied and are recommended for short story readers who seek contemplative, involving vignettes about life encounters and moments of transformation. — Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"I thought it was chilling in some parts, but also sweet in others! Imagine someone reading you a bedtime story by Louisa May Alcott. Then another by Stephen King. Still another by Rush Limbaugh. What Sweet, Sweet Stories, Some Sweeter than Others by Daniel Curzon won’t do is put you to sleep." — Bud Gundy, Emmy Award-winning producer and author of Somewhere Over Lorain Road
"Sweet, Sweet Stories, Some Sweeter than Others demonstrates the considerable talent and range of author Daniel Curzon—a master of both the flash-fiction punch line and the nuanced structure of longer prose forms. Compiling a wild array of humorous anecdotes, chilling tales of suspense, autobiography, drama, and countless other manifestations and genres of the short story Mr. Curzon offers a unique insight into the particularities of everything from the banality of the day to day to the bizarre and metaphysical, all while leaping from laugh-out-loud satire to profound and, at times, dark and brutal meditations on the world and human nature. There is a monumental originality to this collection, an impressive knack for the harmony of form and content that allows the author to drive home each story on its own terms, creating, therefore, a mosaic of narratives that pop with color and immediacy. Sweet, Sweet Stories, Some Sweeter than Others is nearly impossible to put down. Captivating and imaginative— I highly recommend this book." — Charles Asher, Phi Beta Kappa Reviews
"I love you, Daniel ... for being Daniel Curzon" — Jeanette Skirvin, award-winning author of Snow Sizzling in Soleil and FACE, co-editor of STARK, the Poetry Journal
About the Author
Born DANIEL RUSSEL BROWN, CURZON received his Ph.B. from the University of Detroit in 1960, his M.A. from Kent State University in 1961, and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 1969. He has taught at a number of universities since 1962; from 1980 until his retirement, he taught at the City College of San Francisco as an instructor in English. He is the author of Something You Do in the Dark, first published by G. P. Putnam in 1971 and which may be considered as the first gay protest novel. It is the story of a gay man's attempt to avenge his entrapment by a Detroit vice squad police officer by murdering him. Curzon has written other novels, including The Misadventures of Tim McPick (original title: Queer Comedy), From Violent Men, Among the Carnivores, The World Can Break Your Heart, Curzon in Love, The Bubble Reputation, or Shakespeare Lives!, and What a Tangled Web. His non-fiction books include The Big Book of In-Your-Face Gay Etiquette and Dropping Names: The Delicious Memoirs of Daniel Curzon. This last was described by Ian Young in Torso as "ferociously honest and very funny" and by Philip Clark in Lambda Book Report as "a blunt, hilarious, page-turning ride that is...impossible to put down." Curzon edited and published the early homophile magazine "Gay Literature: A New Journal" in 1975 and 1976. The magazine included poetry, fiction, literary reviews, essays, photography, and short plays. Curzon's own written work sometimes was included. Curzon contributed articles for other magazines such as "Gay Times" in 1976 and "Alternate" in 1978. In the theater, Curzon won the 1999 National New Play Contest for Godot Arrives, and has won many other play contests, such as the Great Platte River Play Contest. His play My Unknown Son was produced off-Broadway at the Circle Rep Lab in 1987 and at the Kaufmann Theatre in 1988, as well as in Los Angeles in 1997. Baker's Plays published Curzon's one-act play, A Fool's Audition. Eleven volumes of his Collected Plays have been published already. Curzon's latest full-length play is "The Importance of Being Cecily, or Cecil" (an alternate reality to Oscar Wilde's play). His plays have also been performed at such theaters as Theater Rhinoceros, New Conservatory Theater, New City Theater, Above Board Theater, as well as at the Fringe Festival in San Francisco and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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