Watch the Doors as They Close

Watch the Doors as They Close

by Karen Lillis



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ISBN-13: 9780923389871
Publisher: Spuyten Duyvil
Publication date: 01/28/2012
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Karen Lillis was born in Washington, D.C., during the Vietnam War and has lived in Virginia, Texas, New York, Paris, and Pittsburgh. Her books of fiction include WATCH THE DOORS AS THEY CLOSE (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012), THE SECOND ELIZABETH (Six Gallery Press, 2009), Magenta's Adventures Underground (Words Like Kudzu Press, 2004), and i, scorpion: foul belly-crawler of the desert (Words Like Kudzu Press, 2000). She is currently finishing her first book of nonfiction, Bagging the Beats at Midnight: Confessions of a New York Bookstore Clerk.

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jasonpettus on LibraryThing 10 months ago
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)(IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: About a year ago, the author of this book wrote a complimentary article about CCLaP for her personal blog, although in no way was this done in expectation of a good review in return. Nonetheless, it should be kept in mind when reading this write-up.)Knowing what I do about author Karen Lillis, I had been sort of gritting my teeth in expectation of reviewing this latest novella by her; because to be frank, this academically-minded former bookstore employee has a habit at her popular blog of championing the kinds of abstract, highly experimental work that I have a low tolerance for, and I was afraid that this was going to be the case as well with this newest slim volume of hers. But the good news is that this is actually a highly readable, engaging and entertaining story, essentially a deep character study of one of those douchbaggy, intellectually bullying, constantly mooching "artist dudes" that otherwise smart women seem to constantly fall for, written entirely as a series of reminisces from one of these smart women and examining all the sneaky ways that such guys manage to burrow under such women's skin. As such, then, potential readers shouldn't expect anything even resembling a traditional three-act plot, but rather should be prepared to enjoyably wallow in Lillis' casual, unhurried prose style, the point not really to find out "what happens" but rather to get a complex inside-out understanding of just what makes such Proust-quoting underachievers tick, jumping randomly from location to location around the world but admittedly at its Romantic finest (with a capital R) when looking at the characters' time spent in a deliberately precious contemporary Paris, cliched days of staying on back cots at Shakespeare's Books and pretending that poor artists still hang out in the Left Bank, but effective and moving nonetheless. A perfect companion to Ann Beattie's Walks with Men (covering the exact same subject but set in early-'80s lower Manhattan), this will strongly appeal to fans of New Yorker stories and other intriguing blends of academic and mainstream work, and it comes recommended to that specific audience.Out of 10: 8.8