I Survived Caracas Traffic

I Survived Caracas Traffic

by Richard Grayson
     
 

"An underground post-modernist who writes comic fiction crammed with details adopted from pop culture and the daily news. The long title story, a resonant meditation on the themes of relationships, AIDS, and mortality, proves him capable of less self-conscious, more serious (though not less comic) work."
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"An underground post-modernist who writes comic fiction crammed with details adopted from pop culture and the daily news. The long title story, a resonant meditation on the themes of relationships, AIDS, and mortality, proves him capable of less self-conscious, more serious (though not less comic) work."
— Kirkus Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Social tropes and individual types from the "Me Decades'' (here, really just the late 1970s and early '80s) run through Grayson's eighth story collection. The stories are riddled with self-absorbed baby boomers, T-shirt slogans, Henry Kissinger, silicone implants, Saturday Night Live, the AIDS crisis, quarreling roommates and psychotherapists. Most are written in a flat first person, but in others Grayson (Lincoln's Doctor's Dog) shows a sense of humor and an appreciation of the weird. The costs of survival in the AIDS retrospective title story, and the isolating entropy of depression in "Where the Glacier Stops,'' manage to imbue their drained narrators with some emotional weight. On the whimsical side, "Twelve Step Barbie'' sees the doll in a midlife crisis, and "A Clumsy Story'' artfully diagrams and parodies MFA-quality fiction. But whatever Grayson's approach-whether the troublesome roommate is a Wisconsin Lutheran ("My Plan to Kill Henry Kissinger'') or the Pontiff ("With the Pope in Park Slope'')-most of his characters carry only a faded familiarity, not an invigorating shock of recognition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888105049
Publisher:
Avisson Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.71(d)

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