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Excitability: Selected Stories 1986-1996

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Excitability collects the best of Diane Williams's bold, often hilarious, stories of love, sex, child-rearing, death, and space aliens -- stories that are (in the words of Bradford Morrow) "wry, sensuous, spiritual, wise, raunchy, familial... alive to the contradictory nuances which define our lives."

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Overview

Excitability collects the best of Diane Williams's bold, often hilarious, stories of love, sex, child-rearing, death, and space aliens -- stories that are (in the words of Bradford Morrow) "wry, sensuous, spiritual, wise, raunchy, familial... alive to the contradictory nuances which define our lives."

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Editorial Reviews

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"Diane Williams conjures up an edgy, jagged state of mind, a lurching consciousness in a culture of speed and amnesia." --Matthew Stadler, New York Times Book Review

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"Diane Williams reminds me a little of Jane Bowles, a little of Laura Riding. She is one of the very few contemporary prose writers who seem to be doing something independent, energetic, heartfelt." --Lydia Davis

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"Williams is a practitioner of the new prose genre dubbed "sudden fiction."... She is a master of sorts, who when she wants to, rises to a poetry of great, if telegraphic intensity." --Eli Gottlieb,Elle

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Eli Gottlieb
Williams is a practitioner of the new prose genre dubbed sudden fiction . . . . She is a master of sorts, who when she wants to, rises to a poetry of great, if telegraphic intensity.Elle 10-90
Matthew Stadler
Diane Williams conjures up an edgy, jagged state of mind, a lurching consciousness in a culture of speed and amnesia.New York Times Book Review
Dallas News
Like Donald Barthelme and Franz Kafka, Williams at times is able to boil down the obtuse complexities of the body, the mind, the soul, etc., and fashion them into a compact cudgel with the power to flatten the receptive reader.
Gardner McFall
Excitability is an apt precis of this . . .book's lightning-quick, innovative style. -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564781970
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 805,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Lady 11
The Nature of the Miracle 15
Orgasms 17
All American 19
The Uncanny 20
The Kind You Know Forever 23
The Hero 27
Ten Feet from It 30
Dropping the Masters 33
Baby 35
Cloud 38
Forty Thousand Dollars 40
Pornography 43
Here's Another Ending 46
Glass of Fashion 48
Passage of the Soul 51
Screaming 54
The Divine Right 57
Power 60
What Is It When God Speaks? 63
To Die 65
A Contribution to the Theory of Sex 67
Marriage and the Family 69
Oh, My God, the Rapture! 72
The Future of the Illusion 75
Boys! 77
Ultimate Object 80
Again 83
The Nub 85
Mystery of the Universe 88
Egg 90
Science and Sin or Love and Understanding 92
The Limits of the World 97
My Highest Mental Achievement 99
Clean 101
The Good Man 103
Pussy 105
Turning 107
The Dog 109
The Man 111
Really, Really, Really 112
The Courage of a Woman 114
The Circumcision 117
Spanish 119
A Field That Can Never Be Exhausted 121
They Were Naked Again 123
The Meaning of Life 125
The Hag Was Transformed by Love 127
The Mistake 130
Icky 132
Ore 134
The Care of Myself 136
Crush 138
A Progress in Spirituality 140
The Band-Aid and the Piece of Gum 142
Torah 144
Jeweling 146
Sex Solves Problems 148
Seraphim 150
My Radiant Girl 152
Bloom 154
The Strangest and Most Powerful 156
Ha 158
The Revision 160
The Time of Harmony, or Crudite 162
Beyond Principle 164
Scratching the Head 166
Idea 168
It Becomes True 170
Going Wild 172
Coronation 174
Happy 176
The Case of the Cold Murderer 178
The Leader 180
Machinery 182
Perfect 183
An Opening Chat 187
The Key to Happiness 189
The Blessing 191
Eero 193
The Idealist 195
A Moment of Panic 197
O Rock! 199
Luxuries 201
The Guider of the Prick 203
Speech 205
For Diane 207
Plural 209
The Transformation 211
Gods of the Earth at Home 213
Desperately Trying to Lie Down 215
I Am a Learned Person 217
Careful 219
What Knowledge Is Most Worth Having? 221
A More Detailed Account of This Is Out of the Question 222
The Fuck 224
The Goal 226
My Reaction to Life 228
The Dirty Necklace 230
The Masturbator 232
Okeydoke 234
The Fuss 236
Thank You 237
The Primary Intuition 238
The Builder 240
The Answer to the Question 241
The Suitor 242
The Stupefaction (a novella) 245
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