Archive for April, 2011

Montreal greets Alex Epstein

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Alex Epstein will participate in Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Festival, May 1 in Montreal. In anticipation, the Montreal Gazette has published a wonderful review of Lunar Savings Time:

To say that fiction like Epstein’s requires a new way of reading, and it does, is not to say that it’s difficult or unwelcoming. The work leads you along, gradually recalibrating your accustomed response time. The brevity has the effect of concentrating the attention: you grow more alert, eased into the ultra-receptive mindset engendered by a good haiku or zen koan. Before you know it, the longer stories – those of a full page and more – come to feel almost like novels. You become hyper-aware of how much can be fit into a small space – and by extension, how much of conventional fiction is, by strictest definition, unnecessary.

It can’t be said of many writers that they’d be equally at home among contemporary McSweeney’s-style pranksters and the august lineage of Kafka, Borges and Bruno Schulz, but Alex Epstein is just such a find.

Read in full here.

Epstein abounds!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Alex Epstein’s newest collection, Lunar Savings Time, will be out any minute now. In the meantime, whet your appetite with six stories up at the new Collagist, and three at the Iowa Review. A taste:

On the Logic of Legends

by Alex Epstein, translated by Becka Mara McKay

There was a legend about a man in an electric wheelchair, who traveled every morning on the shoulder of the highway, and always stopped at the same roadside restaurant. There was, for example, a legend about a young woman named Clytie, who fell in love with the god of the sun. While he was charging the wheelchair’s battery, he told his regular waitress a story from Greek mythology. But the god did not take heed of her love and she turned into a sunflower. After the battery was charged, he would head home. That way she could always watch him on his journey through the sky.