Monday, February 27, 2017

John Darnielle UNIVERSAL HARVESTER (2017)


(For some reason Australia got a cooler cover.)

JD is so gifted at describing the way repressed and introverted people catalog and process emotions, how currents carry cold and warm water, circulating through their system for years, while they recover or collapse.  He understands fanaticism, family and friendship and describes their development so acutely, that you have to stop and admire and re-read several times per page.  He reminds me of the poet Carl Phillips, how he can slice days, interactions so thinly that you can stretch it out, see light through it, see the vasculature of emotions and time and stored memory and human myth de-randomized, in a woven capillary bed.

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