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A collection of short stories that use death to probe the meaning in life introduces a man who abducts, molests, and murders young boys and a teenage rock band called Horror Hospital, among other grotesques.
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Dennis Cooper is the winner of the Ferro-Lumley Award for Closer, and Guide was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and one of its Ten Best Books of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles.From Library Journal:
It is hard to imagine two more disparate books produced by the same man. As the editor of Discontents, a wide-ranging collection of stories by 56 queer writers, Cooper melds a flourish of often harsh and always autonomous voices into a coherent if not melodic whole. In Wrong, however, his own soft voice is singularly focused, using a minimum of themes and characters. As in Cooper's longer prose ( Frisk , 1991; Closer , 1989; both Grove), violent death and loveless sex are examined as a last means to understanding life--with ambiguous results. Describing the characters as victims and perpetrators seems almost too concrete, given their universal hollowness and longing. Though the stories are not uneventful, the reader remembers best the haunting tableaux created by the characters' haziness and lack of direction. Similarities aside, these stories do not merely rehash themes Cooper has investigated over ten years, but a couple are weak alongside the rest. In "Introducing Horror Hospital," for instance, Cooper's undercutting of Trevor's nihilistic pose seems almost trite. Yet the skillful conflation of two narrators in "Dear Secret Diary" alone makes this essential for all literary collections. In his one-paragraph introduction, Cooper calls Discontents "ultra-literary at the one extreme and post-literate at the other." Indeed, no commonality exists beyond the writers' unapologetic queerness. For the first time in a fiction collection a "queer aesthetic" is apparent, as distinct from the oft-cited but equally hard to define "gay aesthetic." In this new aesthetic, sex and sexuality are a given; the critique of and separateness from societal norms (both gay and straight) are prized; and multiculturalism is displayed at its best--not as politically correct conformity but as the empowerment of individuals by their individuality. Some of these writers have appeared in large-circulation gay magazines or have previous books to their credit, but most come from the fertile grounds of self-published magazines called "zines" (over 200 of which were represented at a recent conference in Los Angeles). Recommended for contemporary fiction collections and all academic libraries.
- Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
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