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The Sublime March 13, 2016

Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.
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in 130 pages. I am in awe.

Wandering Time: Western NotebooksWandering Time: Western Notebooks by Luis Alberto Urrea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“All the road has been alive with incident and visions.” Behind that line is a book that would make Edward Abbey weep and Annie Dillard curse like a drunken sailor not to have authored it, a tour de force avalanche of prose poetry that buries the main road and reveals the mountain, dusted in crystal. Mountain and meadow, forest and desert Urrea paints the west in sunset and moonlight and peoples it with saints and maniacs that would send Kerouac into a benzedrine frenzy of poetry. Whatever you are doing right now if you are not reading this book you are doing it wrong. The title page says first paperback 2015 and his bio says he is writer in residence at U of L Lafayette and if you see me tearing down I-10 intent on an autograph and to shake his hand don’t get in the way.

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1. davekingsbury - March 14, 2016

Sounds good, thanks!

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2. Dario - March 17, 2016

It’s good to see a literary debut author which is published with only 130 pages. I guess some publishing houses still understand the meaning of literature.

On my list, thanks – and I really like you reviews, so I’m definitely gonna follow you!

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The Typist - March 17, 2016

Not a freshman effort, but an incredibly deserving literary gamble by the publisher. But must one be an established author to be allowed to publish such an extraordinary book? Even a small press might find publishing a picaresque journal however magnificent a daunting proposition without an established audience.

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Dario - March 17, 2016

I agree wholeheartedly. Debut authors actually need outlets where to publish their shorter pieces, so that they can grow in a nurturing environment. The current state of the publishing industry is horrible. It’s a toxic environment for creativity, and the newest generation of agents doesn’t help. I don’t like the average of self publishing, but I’m sure the market is ripe to disruption – there will be a player that understands the mechanics, and will then create a curation-heavy environment for new authors.

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