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Igh praise Expertly structured and utterly convincing these stories represent the arrival of a strong new voice New York Times and vital and bristling with vivid imagery and detail Library Journal. From an interview I did for the Tottenville Review with Matthew VolmerMatthew Vollmer is the author of two short story collections the critically lauded Future Missionaries of America a beautifully crafted sampling of spiritual longing and religious legacies amidst the lives of contemporary Americans and still fresh from the presses Inscriptions for Headstones an ambitious poetic and really uite singular work There’s nothing else like it in the world Close on the heels of his latest Vollmer has co edited with David Shields FAKES An Anthology of Pseudo Interviews Faux Lectures uasi Letters “Found” Texts and Other Fraudulent Artifacts Given that Inscriptions is actually comprised of thirty “epitaphs” Vollmer seems especially interested in notions of authenticity and dare I say Truth I saw him read at powerHouse Books recently where among other things we talked and then talked over email about Truth Fakes and fraudulence in fiction plus his time spent at the Iowa Writers Workshop And I must say Vollmer strikes me one of the most dynamic and sincere conversationalists I’ve met in some time He means every last wordSCOTT CHESHIREThere’s something I find especially present about your stories or perhaps I mean of the characters’ lives in these stories and so one can’t use the story as a model for a character’s behavior and telegraph any sort of future like a boxer would a punch Does that make sense MATTHEW VOLLMERI think the thing that you seem to be responding to in a positive way is the exact thing that many readers resent in contemporary fiction ambiguity If I were to make a generalization about humanity and about the average story consuming person whether “story” exists as a poem play radio drama film or sitcom it would be that these story consumers prefer to have things wrapped up neatly Rarely do people want to be “left hanging” They want to know exactly “what happened” or have a sense of “what’s going to happen” In many ways the desire to consume and live out in our lives a coherent narrative is at the core of who we are of who we strive to become But in literary fiction or in stories that attempt to capture what “reality” looks like authors often seem to care less about wrapping things up neatly because so often in life that’s not how it workshttpwwwtottenvillereviewcoma co

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Inscriptions for HeadstonesWith David Shields Vollmer is also the co editor of Fakes An Anthology of Pseudo Interviews Faux Lectures uasi Letters Found Texts and Other Fraudulent Artifact WW Inscriptions for PDFEPUB or Norto. I enjoyed this book and appreciated the creative way the author presented his essays But I did find that I missed punctuation I related to so much of what the author said having grown up in a similar manner but then evolved to a similar place as an adultIronically the book had a passing reference to the children's book The Secret of NIMH which I happen to be reading outloud with my kids right now

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READ & DOWNLOAD Û Inscriptions for Headstones ´ ❮Reading❯ ➽ Inscriptions for Headstones Author Matthew Vollmer – Horticulturetrader.co.uk Thirty short essays crafted as epitaphs each one unfolding in a single sentence Matthew Vollmer is the author of the short story collection FUTURE MISSIONARIES OF AMERICA aThirty short essays crafted as epitaphs each one unfolding in a single sentence Matthew Vollmer is the author of the short story collection FUTURE MISSIONARIES OF AMERICA a debut work that earned h. Author is a friend from grad school but that doesn't mean I can't sincerely proclaim that I just took a much needed break from Proust to read a signficantly contemporary exercise in memory only to discover that it doesn't read like an exercise in memory thankfully in fact it didn't feel like a creative writing exercise at all my initial fear since lo after a bit the conceit melted away to reveal an excellent formally interesting audacious moving vivid suggestive life affirming open hearted collection of short one sentence autobiographical essays involving undergoing surgery to correct a weird chest cavity beheading copperheads Tumblr long lost Jordan like friends cutting one's own hair staring at the embers of a fire while coming off psychoactive drugs strict Christian upbringing the whole thing inexplicitly expresses conversion from following G d as a child to something mysticalliterary as an adult haunting old family houses advanced directives re what to do with one's body classic '80s NBA Bird Rambis not to reveal all the wonders of its nature but this is a book that gawks at the wide open world and thereby experiences a sort of grace making peace with the old verity of so much worldso little time upon it walking through neighborhoods at night wondering why everyone doesn't walk at night every night mad but not really mad at the blue glow in at least one window per house and most affectingly being a father and being a son plus other not uite polar pivot spots that make these epitaphs come absolutely alive and whether or not you're a fan of Michael Martone or Some Instructions to My Wife or Pieces for the Left Hand 100 Anecdotes this writer who come to think of it organized a touch football game on weekends in grad school commands the huddle and with confidence in your writerreader tandem's mutal desire to win a nonexistent existential trophy places a tight spiral into your outstretched hands after he instructs you to go long