You Can Call Him Shakespeare: Meet Patrick Wensink

Patrick Wensink began his writing career as a rock critic and his work appears in several newspapers, magazines and web sites. Gradually shifting his attention to fiction, he published his first book, a collection of short stories, Sex Dungeon for Sale!, in 2009. Currently, he is putting the finishing touches on his first novel: Broken Piano for President—a comedy about a man who is more productive when he is drunk than when he’s sober, a hamburger more addictive than crystal meth and an angry pack of cosmonauts. We had a fine conversation about his work, his barbecue sauce and so much more.

Your work has been characterized as “darkly absurdist.” Is that accurate? What does it mean for writing to be absurdist or bizarro? Can those terms be used interchangeably?

I’ve been called much worse, that’s for sure. I use a lot of sarcasm and satire and dark humor in my writing and people draw their own conclusions. I’ll take whatever you want to call me, especially “Shakespearian”. I think if people started calling my work Shakespearian, my parents wouldn’t be so embarrassed about the book’s title.


Author Spotlight / 24 Comments
April 28th, 2010 / 2:40 pm

Dragons With Cancer

Bradley Sands and I wanted to make an electronic anthology that took Bizarro authors and Blogzarro authors and featured two stories from each, one “real” and one “unreal.” We let everything else figure itself out.  And now you can read Dragons With Cancer either online or as a PDF. Read and click. Keep up on things. They’re loading all emotions into a rocket and sending it to Mars, so if you have any left you should use them soon. List of authors after the jump.


Web Hype / 6 Comments
April 14th, 2009 / 2:34 pm