I don’t think the website includes Brockmeier’s article yet, but I just got the latest Oxford American, courtesy of the editors, and it includes a fascinating list of books under 100 pages, in alpha order by author, that Brockmeier really likes. I’m on it, but that’s not why it’s fascinating–it’s fascinating to me because Aira shows up yet again in my life, three times in less than a week, and because Monterroso is in our book of weird, and because so many of the others I hadn’t heard of but sound really interesting. I’m not going to reproduce Brockmeier’s text about each, but here’s the list.
I’ve only read a version of 4 and also 8, so if anyone has read the others (besides 9, which is a real stinker), please give us some intel!
1- Cesar Aria – An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
2 – Bohumil Hrabal – Closely Watched Trains
3 – Rebecca Lee – Bobcat
4 – Augusto Monterroso – The Black Sheep and Other Fables
5 – Grant Morrison – We3
6 – Ben Rice – Poppy and Dingan
7 – Emma Straub – Fly-Over State
8 – Mark Twain – The Diaries of Adam and Eve
9 – JeffV – The Situation
10 – Alejandro Zambra – Bonsai