What to Read
by Sacred Chickens Team
The Knife Thrower by Steven Millhauser
What? A collection of eerie dreams that take the form of short stories where a place as ordinary as a department store becomes a fantastical world of its own.
Why? Because Millhauser sees the world the same way as your old Uncle Morty does, thin spots here and there in the walls between reality and fantasy, haunted by the flesh-covered who imagine themselves mundane instead of the extraordinary accidents they actually are.
Controlled Burn by Scott Wolven.
What? The author is a consulting editor at The Writer’s Hotel, where I met him and discovered his work. This loosely connected story collection wraps up hard action with the tough geography of its settings. The characters are men on the edge, compelled to do things they’d rather not, but with no good options, from being pressed into being drug informants to burying bodies.
Why? Wolven’s writing style is absolutely matched by his material resulting in a sharp, dark collection of stories is perfectly noir, with a razor-sharp thread of humor running throughout.
No Telephone to Heaven by Michelle Cliff
What is it? A highly lyrical work that explores the post-colonial experience in Jamaica, as well as tackling issues of race, sex, and American Imperialism.
Why read it? This book is unique. Highly lyrical, poetic, and powerful, it's more like immersing yourself in an art piece than the normal reading experience, and of course the issues it deals with are extremely important.