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With linked anecdotes substituting for plot, Dalton's 20 quick, vibrant, wild tales read more like fantastical diary entries than short stories. Narrated by the same woman at different ages, they reveal what most fascinates her: In "Soft Dead Things," the narrator riffs on things fur-related "Fur makes me sad but excited" , including her dog "Sometimes when I wake up, I'll kiss my dog's snout, but it unnerves me to think of the trash and hairy testicles it's been rooting around in" , the hamster she accidentally killed when she was a girl "I pet her dead wet body for a long time" and a Beverly Hills fur store that both attracts and repels her.
The latest in Dennis Cooper's Little House on the Bowery series, the work is ripe with sensuality and playfulness. In the hilarious "Bienvenido el Duende," the narrator exchanges letters with a Christmas elf, while "Animal Party" is a lovely meditation on cats and loneliness. Dalton's unique blend of dream and bracingly honest observation makes this a delightfully weird and disarming read. She writes music, book, and art criticism in addition to fiction. Dennis Cooper is the author of 'The George Miles Cycle,' an interconnected sequence of five novels published in the US by Grove Press and translated into fourteen languages.
His most recent novel is God, Jr. He lives in Los Angeles. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Trinie Dalton is an effortless purveyor of wonder, strangeness, and love. She is a writer of high spirits and unguarded vision, and this debut collection is an absolute pleasure to read. Her vision is wholly unique and memorable. Animals also populate this book; beavers, hamsters, salamanders, black widows, owls, llamas, bats, and many more are characters who befriend the narrator.
This collection of stories is told by a woman compelled to divulge her secrets, fantasies, and obsessions with native Californian animals, glam rock icons, and horror movies, among other things. With a setting rooted in urban Los Angeles but colored by mythic tales of beauty borrowed from medieval times, Shakespeare, and Grimm's fairy tales, Wide Eyed makes the difficulties of surviving in a contemporary American city more palatable by showing the reader that magic and escape is always possible. Stories include, "Hummingbird Moonshine," in which the narrator's frustrated hunt for authentic religion in botanicas and science books culminates in a spiritual connection made with a hummingbird.
In "Oceanic," she resolves to marry a manatee after a drunken pre-party for her best friend's wedding. In "Tiles," four vignettes about bloody accidents in tiled bathrooms intermingle with scenes from Dalton's favorite scary movies. Featuring oddball prose in the traditions of Dalton's literary heroes--Denton Welch, Robert Walser, and Jane Bowles--these stories have a dreamy, imaginative quality that reveal a peculiar state of mental ecstasy.
To be inside the mind of Trinie Dalton is to be escorted into bliss.
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It's not chick lit, tho. Its femininity doesn't make it weak in any way. It feels more like I just read a bunch of estrogen-fueled stories written by someone I know very well and in that way I feel biased towards them. Being human is a gyp. Aug 28, George Ilsley rated it liked it Shelves: Originally read this in about after meeting Dalton at a reading.
Just re-read this collection. Dalton's artwork adorns the volume: THis is presented as fiction, however, reads like creative non-fiction. Every piece has a first person narrator who is typically undisclosed. Sometimes a boyfriend Matt is mentioned; so these are linked stories. Dalton has a g Originally read this in about after meeting Dalton at a reading.
Dalton has a gift for presenting the surreal or the weird-but-true; the weakness here is the endings.
The situations are presented, they move a bit, and then that is all. Jan 11, Esther Cervantes rated it liked it Shelves: I bought multiple copies of this some for giving away based on reading just one story, Hummingbird Moonshine. I find all short story collections samey, especially if they all have the same narrator voice.
That said, I really like Trinie Dalton's narrator voice. So, I'm rating this as high as I can imagine rating a short story collection. Casual, intimate, philosophical, LA-based, woman-voiced magical realism. Sep 18, Heather rated it it was amazing. I really had no idea what this book would be about. The cover really is exactly what this book is about though. It's short stories about the most random but perfect ideas you could think of. Big Foot, unicorns, fur, sex, ghosts and everything else you could imagine. The writing is on point and this took me on a wonderful little fantasy journey.
I enjoyed it very much and am interested now in learning more about the author. Mar 24, Audra rated it liked it. The stories that hit home were bullseye beautiful, and I will read them again and again. These are stories to be read aloud, alone to yourself or to good friends. There are perfect lines.
There were some forgettable ones as well in this collection, but the plan is to keep an eye out for her latest. Nov 26, Sarah rated it liked it. This is a short story collection, but "stories" isn't really the best thing to call her writing. It was more like short musings She's an interesting writer. Sometimes her analogies are a little too hippy for me, but she's funny and interesting.
I should look her up to see if she's got anything else published.
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Sep 01, quail rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved this book of short stories, except for the cat sections of "Animal Party". I'm sorry, Trinie Dalton. I even loved the Burgertime parts of "Animal Story". But the cat parts weren't quite right. Can I still be your fan? Dec 11, Sarah Hannah rated it did not like it Shelves: About 50 pages in, I abandoned this. It reminded me of why I don't really like Francesca Lia Block: I found these stories mostly uninteresting and I couldn't keep my focus.
Nothing about them drew me in. Jan 31, michelle rated it really liked it. Each story is like having a slumber party with a friend. A very cool friend that digs killer tunes and all things magical. May 25, Brandon rated it liked it. Wide-eyed meaning "naive and curious", and wide-eyed meaning "spiritual and fluid". And an exploration of how the first develops into the second. The book's groundless atmosphere reminds me of Simon Hanselmann's comics found at girlmountain.
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May 13, Jen rated it it was amazing. These stories are pretty amazing: The voice was spot on and it made me want to garden and pet a dog and cook and have sex. Dalton's next set of lovelies. May 08, Lee rated it really liked it. The most semi-awesome, original, consistently voiced, imaginative, post-psychedelic, bric-a-brac-addled story collection staring Marc Bolan and Lou Reed ever written.
Ideal chick lit for the literate neo-hippie! Jul 21, Adeline rated it liked it. A quick fun read in any case. Oct 26, Andreas Amasalidis rated it it was amazing. Jan 17, Adam Wilson rated it it was amazing. This book is fucking awesome. Jul 13, Pat is currently reading it.