Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Anthropology by Dan Rhodes
And now for something completely different. A collection of the shortest short stories ever - just a few sentences long, or less than 100 words - describing bizarre straight relationships and told in first person. A girlfriend who uses his gift of a knife to carve herself a new boyfriend. A girlfriend so beautiful he feels he must parade her photo around the town square. A girlfriend with three ugly children. A girlfriend who squats in the street, begging. I found myself wondering why I continued to read one after another - I just couldn't stop. It was kind of like sweet-tart candy that I'll continue eating even when my tongue gets sore. They are freakish stories that illuminate the freakish nature of the human heart.