Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Songs of Insurgency” as Want to Read:
Songs of Insurgency
by Spencer Dew
Fiction. The unique voice of Spencer Dew--a slowly simmered reduction of prose poetry with pulp gristle and bits of horror--has developed a loyal underground following. Within this timely--and occasionally unsettling--volume of short stories is a woman who erases history textbooks, painting over horror after horror with a liquid paper brush...a groundskeeper who fishes yet ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Vagabond Press
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-28 of 36)
It was interesting to read Min kamp 1 by Karl Ove Knausgård (that's "My Struggle") immediately following these stories, because I think there are some similarities between the two in tone. True, Dew is writing short stories and Knausgård is writing a neverending memoir-fiction type multivolume novel, but there is something about the level of uncomfortable honesty, the characters moving through life seeing what other people need but not necessarily giving it to them, feelings of discomfort and pr ...more
Given that I'd already read a good portion of these stories long before ever getting this story collection, I have to say I was a bit disappointed that the publisher wasn't daring enough to publish some newer work. Or perhaps Dew didn't provide any. Nonetheless, as far as Spencer Dew fiction goes, this is what you should expect in a Spencer Dew collection. He, like myself, has trouble writing novels. I know this because I once tried to commission a novel out of him. Anyway and nonetheless, I'd h ...more