Saturday, March 27, 2010

More Words on Words

Dylan Landis, author of the complex and beautiful book, Normal People Don't Live Like This, wrote a fantastic review of Words at her Notebook. It's remarkable how well she describes the book:
Devine, a “conceptual fictional writer” and alphabetical essayist, writes novels and stories, then implodes them into lists of words and punctuation marks. Rigorous about revision, he whittles a couple down to their titles. His life’s work is the subject of much study. (Surprised?) Accordingly, Kimball, as editor, adds to this collection a scholarly afterword, quoting from rare Devine interviews; and I am amazed to find myself joyful over the whole thing.

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