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Our fifth anthology takes you on a journey from the suburbs to the underworld. In Kevin Brockmeier's tale, "A Fable for the Living," notes are passed between the living and the dead through a fissure in the earth. J. Robert Lennon's "Hibachi" unleashes the unexpected cathartic power of a hibachi grill on a paralyzed marriage. In Carson Mell's "The West," a father and son join the insatiable Mackenzie Horselover on a quest for the perfect hamburger. Ben Greenman rekindles old rivalries in "Come Out," a story of ...
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Electric Literature No. 5

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Overview

Our fifth anthology takes you on a journey from the suburbs to the underworld. In Kevin Brockmeier's tale, "A Fable for the Living," notes are passed between the living and the dead through a fissure in the earth. J. Robert Lennon's "Hibachi" unleashes the unexpected cathartic power of a hibachi grill on a paralyzed marriage. In Carson Mell's "The West," a father and son join the insatiable Mackenzie Horselover on a quest for the perfect hamburger. Ben Greenman rekindles old rivalries in "Come Out," a story of friendships, love triangles, and repurposed bathtubs. And in Lynne Tillman's "The Original Impulse," a woman cycles through memory, encountering an old lover with every pass.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012395931
  • Publisher: Electric Literature
  • Publication date: 3/23/2011
  • Series: Electric Literature , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 120
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; the children's novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery; and the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. Recently he was named one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.

Ben Greenman is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including Superbad, Please Step Back, and What He's Poised to Do. His newest book is Celebrity Chekhov. He lives in Brooklyn

J. Robert Lennon is the author of seven books of fiction, including MAILMAN, PIECES FOR THE LEFT HAND, and CASTLE. He teaches writing at Cornell University.

Carson Mell is an Arizona native living in Los Angeles. Several of his animated short films have screened at The Sundance Film Festival and his short fiction has been published in "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern." He has just completed his second novel, "The Blue Bourbon Orchestra." His first novel, "Saguaro," is available through his website www.carsonmell.com

Lynne Tillman's most recent novel is American Genius, A Comedy, according to The Millions one of the top 20 books of The Millennium (So Far). Tillman has written four other novels, including No Lease on Life, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. She has published three books of short fiction, the most recent, This Is Not It, collecting 23 stories inspired by 22 contemporary artists' work; and three nonfiction books, including The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-67, based on Stephen Shore's Factory photographs. In April, a new collection of short stories, Someday This Will Be Funny, will be published by Richard Nash's new venture, Red Lemonade. She lives in New York with bass player, David Hofstra.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2011

    I know you want to look away but...

    Don't be shy! Behind this handsome fellow is a fine collection of stories, funny and tragic. If you haven't read Electric Literature yet, check it out. This issue has a lot of variety and it's a great place to start.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    electric literature is one fine piece of literary ass

    dude's probably playing mario kart, right? he's so...relaxed. a ballsy (sorry, i had to) cover ups the ante and the stories deliver. from start to finish, another issue that'll leave you satisfied. like mario kart. seriously, though, great stories to be found in the pages. kevin brockmeier's a favorite of mine, and his story doesn't disappoint. the rest of the issue's a pretty good balance. i hadn't heard of carson mell, but i suppose that's why i read electric literature: to find out who i should read more of and read more of who i already know. and to ogle a dude's junk. hey, at least he's not playing wii.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    Great new issue!

    I always look forward to Electric Literature and this new issue is fantastic. The cover is a bit startling but the content is, as usual, really outstanding. Great work Mr. Hunter and Mr. Lindenbaum, this stuff is great!

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