2010: What are you looking forward to?

Posted by @ 3:07 pm on December 11th, 2009

2010d2009 has been a hell of a year for books, I think. Will 2010 be even better?

The answer, of course, is an emphatic maybe.

“MAYBE!”

Here are three coming in 2010 you should be looking forward to. Comment with more.

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The Ask by Sam Lipsyte

Due respect to the amazing Venus Drive, Lipsyte is a born novelist. Home Land kills me every time I pick it up and choose a random sentence. (Bathing at knife point in the phlegm of the dead?!?!) The Ask is another dark, funny-as-hell book.

Every time I read Lipsyte, it occurs to me that I don’t spend enough time telling people how good Sam Lipsyte is. And then I feel like a jerk. Sam Lipsyte’s writing is so good, it makes me hate myself.

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Reality Hunger by David Shields

Galley just arrived on my desk. Read a little bit of this recently—a chapter on collage—and though the book is composed in small sections, each section is a marvelously chiseled piece of writing: direct, elegant, and thought-provoking.

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A Common Pornography by Kevin Sampsell

Remember that thing I posted a while back about memoir? The one where I basically said: fuck all memoir. Fiction is where its at.

You remember that, right?

Yeah, well, fuck me. As the kids say, Kevin Sampsell FTW. A Common Pornography is flat-out awesome. Tightly composed, damn funny, unsettlingly candid. Fun as hell. Read it in a sitting.

(Note that all three of these books are from big presses. Good for them, I say. Good that someone in those institutions is still paying attention.)

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