Voices of the X-Iled

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The "twentysomething" generation finds its voice in this dazzling collection of short stories by 25 of the most gifted young writers in America. In Voices of the Xiled, a misunderstood, mislabeled, and thoroughly underrated generation is finally allowed to speak for itself, in a chorus of brilliant voices that are fresh, daring, and unforgettable.

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Overview

The "twentysomething" generation finds its voice in this dazzling collection of short stories by 25 of the most gifted young writers in America. In Voices of the Xiled, a misunderstood, mislabeled, and thoroughly underrated generation is finally allowed to speak for itself, in a chorus of brilliant voices that are fresh, daring, and unforgettable.

The "twentysomething" generation finds its voice in this dazzling collection of short stories by 25 of the most gifted young writers in America. In Voices of the Xiled, a misunderstood, mislabeled, and thoroughly underrated generation is finally allowed to speak for itself, in a chorus of brilliant voices that are fresh, daring, and unforgettable.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Writers and filmmakers, the editors decided to take a stand against all the criticism aimed at the twentysomething generation. What they came up with is an exhilaratingly diverse and honest collection of short fiction by 20 young writers. Although the voices in this collage are undeniably unique, certain themes bind the stories together: a search for self; innocence and experience; slow-dripping desperation; discontent; disillusionment; restlessness; altered states of consciousness; and a general feeling of being on shaky ground. These writers, both new and established, have mined the margins where the psyche begins to fray. The characters vary considerably from the haunting voice of a baby not yet conceived in Tamara Jeffries's ``Black Tea'' to the scathingly bizarre sick puppy in David Foster Wallace's ``Girl with Curious Hair,'' (a fitting cellmate for Alex in Anthony Burgess's, A Clockwork Orange). Bryan Malessa's letter to Raymond Carver called ``Looking Out for Hope'' interjects the one shadow of hope amidst the despair. After paragraphs drenched with desperation he ends up by saying, ``I'll try to keep the loose ends from fraying too badly.... We're going to find it out there, somewhere.'' Although the characters are striking, the revolutions are not, really, because everyone is confused when they're young. In this sense, the compilation is more about Everygeneration than Generation X, which is probably the point Hulme and Wexler want to make. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Despite the assumptive subtitle, this well-edited, well-written collection of 20 stories by writers under the age of 35 should provide publishing houses with many leads for the next generation of literary talent. With a few exceptions, contributors are little known outside the readership of America's small magazines. In these stories, the value and meaning of high and low culture are equal, and the traditional yearnings of postadolescence are replaced by a wish just to get by. A few standout works are Fred Leebron's "Lovelock," about a young down-and-outer seduced by a woman of little experience and low intelligence; Dean Albarelli's "Winterlude," which Hitchcock might have considered; and Charles D'Ambrosio's "Her Real Name," in which a man tends to a dying young woman. The typeface used for the story titles, crafted from old-fashioned labeling machines, and the editor's charming introduction, reflect an interest in having the collection appear to be the work of unsophisticated youth. Recommended, especially for literary collections.-Harold Augenbraum, Mercantile Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385474498
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Wabi 1
Like a Normal Human Being 14
Jonah 2:5 34
Roughie 42
Lovelock 48
Nude Men 73
Looking Out for Hope 81
Utopia Road 84
The Monster 101
Girl with Curious Hair 122
Black Tea 144
Longstreet's Stearman 147
Winterlude 162
Emerald City 195
95 210
The Photograph Album 219
Back from the World 241
The Proofreader 262
Babies 269
Her Real Name 284
Acknowledgments 316
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