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I Looked Alive: Stories

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Acclaimed writer Gary Lutz introduces a new cast of characters in his second collection: wayward fusspots, smart alecks, tank-town boulevardiers, lonely hearts, and underloved, unstable creatures of questionable gender. Desperate for human connection, they listen through walls and engage in such obsessions as collecting hairs left behind by lovers. These 24 passionately an ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 21st 2004 by Thunder's Mouth Press (first published 2004)
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Brent Legault
Nov 02, 2010 Brent Legault rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: persons who read, every single person who reads
It is a great shame that this book has fallen out of print.* The shame is personal. I feel like it's my fault somehow. Find it used if you can until we all come to our senses.

*This shameful state has now been amended. Buy it, by god, if you have any blood in your veins or bluster in your gut. Read it and know a new world. Here's how some sensible someone describes it:

In his second collection of short fictions, the fiercely original Gary Lutz details a fresh assembly of gravely wayward fusspots,
Sep 20, 2007 Saxon rated it liked it
Shelves: newish-books
I Looked Alive is a collection of stories that combines the strange, mundane lives of individuals with sexual perversity and obsession resulting in an overall sentiments of emptiness and fatalism. None of these characters seem to have a preferred sexual orientation nor care to conform to any societal norms about sexuality.

Lutz has a talent for twisting the english language in such a way that it eventually becomes almost an entirely new language of his own. Traditional sentence structure almost c
Timothy S
Jan 06, 2015 Timothy S rated it really liked it
Powerfully worded and quietly poetic. Lutz paints a dark picture of sexuality and suburbia through his words.
Jul 10, 2008 Asia rated it really liked it
Gary Lutz is absolutely one of those writers that can write a sentence so powerful and utterly beautiful that you can extract it from the text and hold it to your ear and hear the pain, or beauty or joy screaming from it. That being said his stories are sometimes hard to get through. That is in the sense that there is so much he wants to say, it's almost thrown on the page and you have to sort through it, word, sentence, story, meaning...but it's worth it, it's absolutely worth it.
Apr 06, 2008 Travis added it
i can't put a star-rating on this one because it's in a galaxy of its own. recommended though for anyone interested in proper but utterly unique & compelling style.
Max Nemtsov
May 30, 2008 Max Nemtsov rated it it was ok
he's of course insane in the nicest sense of the word, in the vein of robert walser. but, somehow, not insane enough
Jun 01, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not as good as his first collection, more of the same and shows little growth as a writer in my opinion.
Aug 01, 2007 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2005reads
Poetic but dry.
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Gary Lutz is an American writer of both poetry and fiction. His work has appeared in Sleepingfish, NOON, The Quarterly, Conjunctions, Unsaid, Fence, StoryQuarterly, The Believer, Cimarron Review, 3rd Bed, Slate Magazine, New York Tyrant, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Apocalypse Reader (Thunder's Mouth Press), PP/FF: An Anthology (Starcherone Books), The Random House Treasury o ...more
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