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Songs of Insurgency

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  22 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Jul 05, 2015 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it really liked it
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
P. H.
Oct 22, 2008 P. H. rated it it was amazing
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
Charles Rost
Jan 13, 2015 Charles Rost rated it did not like it
Hipster schlock.
May 12, 2008 Jason rated it it was amazing
A great Chicago writer's debut collection. You have to see him read these story to truly understand where he is coming from. Still on there own these little glimpses into the mind of Dew are tremendous.
Todd Dills
Jun 12, 2011 Todd Dills rated it it was amazing
I've published Dew's work, and know him personally to one degree or another, so I'm partial, but there's genius in many of these short stories. Airplane reading of the most uneasy sort, I do say. . .
May 20, 2008 Alda rated it liked it
I am a little obsessed with Spencer Dew's eclectic life - PhD candidate at UChicago Div School, flash fiction writer, fellow at the Martin Marty Institute...
Apr 18, 2008 Marie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: gen x'ers and y'ers, short fiction fans
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Nov 30, 2008 Ben rated it it was amazing
A killer collection of paranoia driven near tales of love lost, crushed and stroked.
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