Considering how much I love Richard Chiem s writing, and given how its uncanny snare and sweep of life s especially agile, prompt, messed, lithe, sharp, and heartbreaking things leaves me stiffed of summarizing words, I think I ll just nominate his work for immortality Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm Richard Chiem writes of all the weirdness and ooziness and Considering how much I love Richard Chiem s writing, and given how its uncanny snare and sweep of life s especially agile, prompt, messed, lithe, sharp, and heartbreaking things leaves me stiffed of summarizing words, I think I ll just nominate his work for immortality Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm Richard Chiem writes of all the weirdness and ooziness and tenderness of young love, with such lucid specificity Like some beautiful film from the 70s, but also distinctly now Because I also love how in this book he documents the tremors of contemporary existence, of living and working in a city, measuring days not in coffee spoons but in cigarettes and Simpsons episodes Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl and Heroines Richard Chiem s You Private Person is a bustling prism of a thing, full of passages that actually lead somewhere off of the paper His words have brains that have bodies that wake you up in the way waking can be the best thing, like into a warm room full of good calm remembered things that feel both like relics and new inside the day Here rings a wise and bravely sculpted book packed full of stunning thankful color Blake Butler, author of There is No YearISBN 978 0 578 09892 0Dimensions 5.8 wide x 8.3 tallBinding Perfect bound PaperbackPages 110First Edition 2012Printed in the USAcover design by Mark Leidnerthescrambler books yppml
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Ridiculously good It reads like poetry, and the author s mastery of speed and cadence is spectacular I particularly liked What If, Wendy and Planet B Boy Richard Chiem s style is really unique and his way of writing without simile is awesome, as he just links words and ideas and feelings with conjunctions It reads like being propelled along by sentient water, because there s this sense of slowness without impediment You re moving at a very deliberate pace through the stories, but the rate is per [...]
You Private Person is full of love Of incredible closeness and insurmountable distances Of repetition and the unexpected Most of all though it is full of very good stories It tells you that you too are a private person, and that that is not a good or a bad thing, that it s just a thing These stories grow on you, and beckon rereading whether romance enters or exits your life I really liked this book, and I highly recommend it.Highlights sociopaths, the first time or someone like me would have a c [...]
This is Chiem s first published book, he has two e book s out and approximately one hundred million short stories published online He obviously went hard for You Private Person it s heart is beating and it is drenched in sweat.The organization of this book is nebulous, there are two major story lines which are formed by numerous connected shorts sociopaths and animals There are a number of short stories inserted which may or may not be related to the greater story lines Potentially your call The [...]
these stories to me feel timeless the literal meaning of that word, without referring to any particular time i was talking to someone the other day about how the ability for a reader or just me maybe to relate to a piece of writing depends on the ability of the writer to navigate between two extremes, that of ambiguity details i feel like these stories do that give enough of the specific details required for it to have an identity of its own, while also somehow still retaining a sense of vaguene [...]
You Private Person Richard ChiemFirst of all, I need you to do something that you need to do for yourself Read How to Survive a Car Accident here Honestly, it s one of the most captivating pieces of writing I ve ever come across It shows that Chiem is a master at picking the important details, because he knows the ones that put us there in the experience, with him as him as ourselves In HtSaCA, the narrator is You and you are instructed on how to have that narrator s experience, which is to be i [...]
fave bits 1 2 are you working there is a lot you can have by wanting in the light i made a bargain Envisioning a house where i never lived, you could not convince me we d spent but 2 2 one life together.HER are you awake describe the house to me and cigarettes can levitate you and the bare weight you have very bored in your head and you have never known you were unhappy until the feeling leaves you like imagined geese from hills eager for migration birds are so fun to imagine this all comes from [...]
Love dreamy Two words procured from You Private Person that fully encapsulate the texture of Chiem s writing Chiem has control of a curious literary trait the ability to weigh in description and explicit detail as light and majestic as golden age animated television shows that is, to say, existential set pieces given to fantasy and clever whimsy.I dare say You Private Person is the acted out snapshot of the private life of a couple in love, playing along to their favorite movies and TV shows, re [...]
In You Private Person, Richard Chiem tickles the underbelly of language he probes what is tender, what is exposed His operation is soft He moves the reader softly through these stories He tells them patiently There is space here Cool, clear space The collection is full of allusions to popular culture Richard makes no excuses for his contexts, but he does manage to show their beauty if not that, then their potential for it These stories are spells and I m smitten May he cast them forever.
The writing style occasionally gets a little ponderous but the storm bright arrivals made it worth it Parts had me whirring with the moment conjured by well wrought phrase and resonance across the stories.
I like the one about the accident The stories should be read aloud.
An excellent collection of short stories that can also be read as a novel This was the first of Chiem s work I ve read and believe it provides a great introduction to his literary prowess.At first, I was disturbed and upset by the dark and obscene nature of many of the early stories in this collection However, upon further reflection I realized that my disgust was truly a denial of the darkness that I believe exists within all of us, and certainly exists within me I typically am the type of pers [...]