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Two chaps I recently loved.

May 18, 2011 \pm\31 1:21 pm

O, would that it were chaps in the British sense! Alas, these chap[book]s are all the more lovely and they never unceremoniously kick you out in the morning, or turn out to have been hiding psycho pregnant girlfriends at home.

These chaps are different as different can be, but they both have in common this: an inimitable way of showing the innocent blankness of youth discovering horror (or just life, as it may be). In no particular order—

♥ Chap #1: C. Exigua by Jackie Wang (Birds of Lace, 2011)

Three girl stories in a bouncy little group, all lively and unique. A scene involving a ‘crumb’ and a ‘dirt’ living in an ‘egalitarian utopia’ on a runaway tongue reminded me of the masterful satirical turns of George Saunders in The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, but less judgemental and more absurd. An ant delivers one of the best lines: “whyyyy meeeee.” People kiss and vomit and do life. The last story builds color on color into 3D like a classic painting. This chap talks of love to the self-hater in you, in us, and makes us giggle at this, our ridiculous selves.

♥ Chap #2: Pig Others by Andrew Borgstrom (Mud Luscious Press, 2011)

Think that the title Pig Others was a play on our group lit blog bros, Big Other, which makes a great anecdote. And man was this a little power-packed beast! I was like, oh, oh hehe, oh. Oh? OH! Oh (sigh), you know what I mean? Kind of I don’t want to say too much because a large part of the beauty of this, like coming of age, is in the discovery. And by beauty I mean pain and loss of innocence and the shattered heart of experience. I want to read a million tiny Borgstroms.

  1. Michael Filippone permalink
    May 21, 2011 \pm\31 1:45 pm 1:45 pm

    I had the same experience reading Pig Others with all the Ohs. I gotta check out Wang’s chap.

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