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Dave Madden on Dave Madden.

November 12, 2010 \am\30 9:58 am

 

Dave Madden reviews a story by Dave Madden from
[C:] an mlp stamp stories anthology

Farting is no kind of place for a thing to end up in. And yet here’s Dave Madden’s untitled stamp “story”—which he’s made this reviewer put in regrettable quote marks by his boorish lack of narrative here. It ends not just with farting but “actual public farting.” This is the reader’s reward for getting through forty-seven other words on the motivations and mechanics behind the Swamp Booger, one of taxidermy’s novel creations.

“What to do with these posterior deer hides?” the story asks, but which posterior deer hides exactly? Whence these? And why ask when the solution is immediately to come? No attempt is made in this story to establish any real conflict, to set any stakes that can impel the reader downward on the stamp. One—Mr. Madden himself, maybe—could argue that nonfiction as a genre leads itself beyond conflict, but one would once again be ducking one’s responsibilities in the name of bandying about ideas that only one himself has any real stake in.

Mr. Madden thinks he can just lift a few sentences from his book, trim out many of the superfluous words with which his prose is getting increasingly gunked-up, and fill up a whole stamp. But he can’t just lift sentences from his book, trim out many of the superfluous words with which his prose is getting increasingly gunked-up, and fill up a whole stamp.

A stamp needs licking, thoroughly. Even a child knows this. Even an actual public farter.

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2 Comments
  1. November 12, 2010 \pm\30 1:36 pm 1:36 pm

    “boorish lack of narrative” hehehehehe.

  2. Charles Kruger permalink
    November 12, 2010 \pm\30 6:51 pm 6:51 pm

    Got me to laugh out loud. On successive readings, too. Great stuff.

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