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The One Marvelous Thing

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'The One Marvellous Thing' is a collection of fantastical tales from the distinguished master of American fabulist fiction, Rikki Ducornet.
Paperback, 161 pages
Published November 7th 2008 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 2008)
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I... idek. Maybe I'm just uncultured, but I never get the point of this sort of thing. I don't necessarily need linear, straightforward narratives or anything, but I need... a point? Maybe there was a point and I just don't get it, or maybe the point was that there is no point. Whatever the case, it left me scratching my head. But the writing was evocative, and some of the stories were surprisingly funny, and the imagery was delightfully odd. Interestingly, many (most?) of the stories weren't at...more
If you have read The Butcher's Tales, don't be surprised if you feel deja vu while reading The One Marvelous Thing. There are recycled stories, though in the case of "The Butcher's Comics" they are re-imagined. The drawings are a good fit for Rikki Ducornet's style: abstract, grotesque, and imbued with joy as much as the bizarre. There purpose fluctuates throughout the book. Sometimes they illustrate the story, other times they are autonomous. Occasionally, they are distracting.
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A collections of short stories accompanied with various drawings by T. Motley and then combining to end with The Butcher’s Comics. Strong stuff, and not for everyone. They lost me with the comic books, and the pornographic mad magazine drawings, but I loved the one of the scarecrow and the book-birds that finished The Author in Estonia. The short stories either left me wanting more (The Wild Child, Green Air) or ended on a perfect note (A Secret Life, A Suicide.)
I ADORE Rikki Ducornet and her public displays of affection for language. But too many of these stories were sad and, ironically, too dark for me. They're smart and they ring true.. but my favorite passages by Ducornet are joyful and sensual, and most of these tales ended on a depressing note with no buzz of joy to be found. I take that as a sign of the times, but I won't re-read this collection the way I've re-read "Phosphor in Dreamland."
Lithe, wicked, gorgeous genius! These works get "under your skin," "caught in your throat" & "tug at your heart" (to play--as the author does--with borrowed 'doxa' and its ability to give an instant x-ray of a epoch, speaker, and culture). The searing images capture something of performative quality of these tattoo-like tales / prose poems by an astonishing and marvelous writer.....
This short paperbook is packed with brief writings (some of them aren't even stories) and many illustrations by T. Motley. There were even some graphic stories at the end. I was blown away by the bizarre creativity of this author, though some stories didn't grab me as much as others, especially those around the middle of the book. I may look into other writings by her.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
The first few stories were delicious: like something the evil-universe version of Mary Oliver would write. After that, they seemed to just be ... dark or vulgar or shocking just because they could, despite a few delightful images or turns of phrase here and there.
An extraordinary collaboration between two brilliant artists, Rikki Ducornet and the artist, T. Motley, in this collection of illustrated short stories. Let's hope it's not the last time these suns collide!
Some of the stories lost me, but there were a couple awesomes that I immediately reread. Love her anger.
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Rikki Ducornet (born Erica DeGre, April 19, 1943 in Canton, New York) is an American postmodernist, writer, poet, and artist.

Ducornet's father was a professor of sociology, and her mother hosted community-interest programs on radio and television. Ducornet grew up on the campus of Bard College in New York, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from the same institution in 1964. While at Bard she met Robert...more
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