By Justin Taylor
Justin Taylor's crystalline, spare, and oddly relocating prose cuts to the short. His characters are guided by means of misapprehensions that deliver them to hilarious yet frequently tragic impasses with truth: a highschool boy's wish to win over a overwhelm leads him to scan with black magic, a fast-food worker preoccupied by means of Abu Ghraib turns into passionate about a coworker, a Tetris participant makes an attempt to overcome his personal list whereas his female friend sleeps and the area outdoor their window blazes to its finish. Fearless and astute, humorous and tragic, this assortment heralds the arriving of a different literary talent.
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They’d been clearing the trees, the final cut, bringing down the tall Sitkas, strip–Ping them with machines like giant pencil sharpeners, carting them 45 off on big trucks. What was left – what he could see as far as a ridge a kilometre distant – was a chaos of smashed branches and torn pieces of smaller trees; a pale jumble of fractured wood like something from a volcanic disaster or the first days of a war. He looked up at the stars, then back down at the frozen fury of shattered wood. The pee went on.
Remember this? Remember Singapore? Oh, fuck! ’ ‘Yeah,’ Alban said. ’ ‘Woh! Not like you, cuz. What’s the problem? Don’t answer that. Good idea. Let me just say that right now. However, I have a counterproposal. ’ ‘Wasted? ’ ‘Most certainly do. ’ ‘You brought drugs to Singapore? Are you fucking insane? Haven’t you been paying any attention at all? ’ ‘Alban, get real. I’m not a fucking dealer, just a user. And if I did get caught, so what? ’ He laughed, waved his arms. ’ He laughed louder. It was 1997.
I’ll be fine,’ he muttered. He bent over his plate and started removing the fat from the edges of the pork chops. ‘Hope you weren’t doing a Geldof in front of my little girl, Alban,’ Uncle James said, slathering apple sauce over his plate. ’ ‘Swearing, like that Geldof guy. ’ ‘James, please,’ Sophie said, rolling her eyes. Sophie’s father made a show of turning round in his seat to look behind him at the dining–room door. ’ he asked, frowning mightily. ’ ‘Dad, Da, Pater, Papa,’ Sophie said through tight lips, glaring at him.
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