By Stephen Dixon
Stephen Dixon's tales and novels have an unique, instantly recognizable sound and consider –a bizarre mix of Franz Kafka and Frank Capra. Readers of his past paintings will locate in 14 Stories that very same wry, artistic, knife-edged humor that has come to represent his particular variety. With an adroit use of language and a prepared eye for the quirky, offbeat facet of human nature, Dixon creates an international as seen via a fish-eye lens–slightly distorted and off-center, but recognizable and sometimes familiar.
14 Stories is a component comedy, half tragedy, half social remark and half spoof. yet such a lot of all it's a hugely exciting sequence of all-too-plausible vignettes that exhibits off Stephen Dixon's awesome expertise at its most sensible.
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We have improved the race, you see. We're all very tall, healthy, and beautiful. No fillings in our teeth. All skulls from Early America Some of us are brown, have fillings in the teeth. some white, some gold-skinned. But all beautiful, and healthy, and well-adjusted, and aggressive, and successful. Our professions and degree of success are pre. . planned for us in the State Pre-School Homes. But there's an occasional genetic flaw. Me, for instance. I was trained as an archaeologist because the Teachers saw that I really didn't like people, live people.
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He said, but he did not really look triumphant. "I wish it hadn't worked," he said more quietly, pacing up and down between folios. — — — "So do I," said the guest. " Lenoir looked up challengingly at Barry, though there was nearly a foot difference in their heights. Fm a professor of French at College, Indiana, on leave in Paris to pursue studies of Late Mediaeval Fr " He stopped. He just realized what kind of accent Lenoir had. "Barry A. Pennywither, Munson my had — "What year is this? What century?
14 Stories by Stephen Dixon