Modern Communications Techniques in Des Moines (& other stories)

eBook (PDF), 259 Pages
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Only in a Gary Britson story do references to Finnegan’s Wake and the operas of Wagner stand alongside mentions of Hee Haw and The Three Stooges. In other stories, zombies eat at restaurant salad bars and young women communicate with fellow riders on public transit via slogans on T-shirts. He wields humor and satire like a butcher’s cleaver, taking apart objects of his derision with deft, entertaining whacks. For any surface misanthropy found in his stories, Gary Britson’s fiction is fundamentally about the hope of the underdog, the optimism of the overlooked, and the innocence of the partially sane.
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  • By Matthew St. Amand
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Best of all possible worlds" Modern Communications Techiques in Des Moines (and other stories) by Gary Britson is an eclectic, schizophrenic work that flashes prose writing virtuosity with flashes of comic genius. An equal-parts fan of theatre, opera and baseball, Gary Britson writes in his story “Harry in America,” about a composer whose opus is a musical based on the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In his story, “The Executioner’s Groupies,” Britson co-mingles capital punishment with baseball, writing of a wretched old stadium in Iowa where condemned men are strung-up to the scoreboard and electrocuted when a homerun is hit. In “A Job for Gotsdiner,” he writes of the soul-demolishing experience of a middle-aged man losing a job he’d held for years and his fruitless, perilous pursuit of another, wringing pained guffaws from the reader as he recounts Gotsdiner’s tragicomic travails. This is the gifted, solid storytelling that... More > mainstream publishing has forsaken for novels by Pamela Anderson and twenty-nothing scribblers obsessed with their own substance abuse war stories.< Less
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Murphy's Law Press
November 5, 2011
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