"Middleton's imaginative prose pieces . . . are in a league of their own. . . . Each of the thirty-three pieces in Loose Cannons contains something marvelous. Each of his sentences is a seamless synthesis of perception, information, and music."
"Christopher Middleton is a late-modernist master, renowned as a translator and poet. These short prose inventions rank among his finest writings--erudite, witty, absurdist, and altogether delightful, with the wild accuracy of Jorge Luis Borges and Guy Davenport. Across their remarkable variety--literary-historical curiosities, meditations on art history, fables, satires, fantastic travelogues, minute observations of the natural world, deft sketches of café life--Middleton's narratives bristle with intelligence."--Devin Johnston, author of Creaturely and Other Essays