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Writing That Risks: New Work from Beyond the Mainstream Paperback – July 2, 2013
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This "reading risk" aspect of the book is what I enjoyed the most. I found myself jumping around the book in a non-linear fashion. I began one story - ugh, that one is too strange for me. Then another - ok, but a little hard to follow. Then another - and I couldn't put the book down until I finished that particular story, and then I wished it was even longer.
But what I found even more enjoyable is that at some point I would take a risk and restart one of the "rejected stories." Often, this next time, I'd "get it" and thoroughly enjoy it.
There are 29 stories to choose from. Some of them take many tries. Others, even now, I still don't get. But for me, taking this "reading risk" journey is the most enjoyable aspect of the book. It is a journey that is unique to the reader, and I suggest you give it a try. I found that the reward is worth the risk.
I read this in bits and pieces, according to my mood of the moment - take a few minutes to skip from poem to poem, or immerse yourself in the bizarre and touching worlds of the longer pieces (my favorites so far are It Happened to Paul Sescau and Minnow). All in all, Writing That Risks is well worth a read. Enjoy the journey - whatever way you decide to take it.