Brian Blickenstaff

Writer | Editor

What I'm reading, April 2014

Having recently read Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which I was completely blown away by, I moved on to his first book of short stories, DrownDrown is just as good as Oscar Wao. It's not quite as fantastical, and it's not as funny either, but it's so deep. Diaz is fast becoming one of my favorite writers.

I was particularly taken by Drown's first story, Ysrael, about two young brothers in the Dominican Republic who become fascinated with a disfigured kid. There's just so much to it, and it's so vivid. The last short story to hit me like Ysrael did was Refresh Refresh by Benjamen Percy. And that was years ago.

I've got Donna Tartt's Goldfinch on deck. I hear good things.

What have you been reading lately?

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