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In Pseudofoliculitis City nothing is as it seems and everything is as it should be. Today's forecast calls for extreme confrontation, with sandwich flurries and the threat of handlebar mustaches to the west. By turns absurd and surreal, dark and challenging, Pseudo-City exposes what waits in the bathroom stall, under the manhole cover and in the corporate boardroom, all in ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Raw Dog Screaming Press (first published 2005)
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Apr 05, 2009 D. added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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"These intermeshed parables of madness and disjunction are funny the way that fever-dream of the naked fetuses squirming silently on a sidewalk you had last night is funny—when you think back on it sometime around noon today. At the brain stem of this impressive, relentless, heterologic schizopolis crouches a reptilian complex that would make Kafka, Burroughs, Bataille, and Leyner grin in recognition and admiration." Lance Olsen, author of 10:01 and Tonguing the Zeitgeist

"Only D. Harlan Wilson c
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Nicholas
Apr 29, 2013 Nicholas rated it really liked it
"Mama didn't love me," the stick figure proclaimed as he stepped out of the manhole and established himself as the icon of Stick Figure Inc., a promotional entity of one D. Harlan Wilson, the author here and who, in the opinion of this reviewer, holds particularly peculiar obsessions and/or phobias regarding obsessions and phobias. I'm certain only Mr. Wilson would understand that.
Pseudofollicilitis City is a metaphorical metropolis of surrealistic, ideological, irrealist proportions, where an
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Nihil
Jun 10, 2009 Nihil rated it really liked it
it's almost as good as the kafka effect, which while not as good, is still pretty damn good.
Scott
Mar 12, 2010 Scott rated it really liked it
I bought a copy of "Pseudo-City" by D. Harlan Wilson about four years ago. I can't seem to find the description that caught my eye, but I thought it was time to tackle it.

Wilson is part of the irrealism and bizarro movement of literature that I have noticed in recent years. Part of the reason he caught my eye was being from Grand Rapids, Michigan and having taught at Michigan State.

From the cover of the book, and Wikipedia, here is a description:

In Pseudofoliculitis City nothing is as it seems
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Fred
Jun 05, 2007 Fred rated it it was ok
Here's the review I printed in my twice-yearly zine (October '06):

Surrealism is an attempt to portray or interpret
the subconscious mind, its manifestations in the
absurd and irrational logic of dreams.

D. Harlan Wilson describes himself as an
irrealist, which is an important and telling distinction.
The short stories collected in Pseudo-City (2005, Raw
Dog Screaming Press) usually adhere to no logic at
all; while their bizarre imagery might not seem out of
place inside anyone’s slumbering mind, Wilson
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Jorge Garcia
Jan 25, 2011 Jorge Garcia rated it it was amazing
Pseudo-city is an absolutely wonderful romp through some strange territory. D. Harlan Wilson is an absolute joy to read and his incredible bizarro craftsmanship is quite honestly the cream of the crop. This is a wonderful read with tons of microcosmic tales surrounding Pseudofoliculitis City. What Wilson has done here is something only a true artist can do. He's taken the lives of several odd citizens and put them under his microscope. This is one of my favorite (if not my favorite) bizarro effo ...more
P. H.
Nov 08, 2008 P. H. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: stoned or drunk loners looking for good enterntainment
Recommended to P. H. by: no recollection
I remember I was high every time I read this book. I read it probably three times. I bought it when it first came back. Wilson is one of the most personable underground-yet-successful writers out there, and it's hard to find a small press venue which hasn't carried some of his work. I carried some of it when I had an anything-goes kind of 'zine. Similar writers might be Hunter S. Thompson, but Wilson's better at originality, I get the feeling he does less drugs than Thompson did. Dig it.
Donald Armfield
Jul 24, 2014 Donald Armfield rated it it was amazing
If National Lampoon & Dr. Suess got 2gether 2 make a living city this would be the out come... This book keeps you laughin to the end.

From Hairware Inc. to Dandies & Flaneurs (crazy people), and a walk to the Deli and the Personalities of these people.

This is one of the best humor books i read since i stumbled upon Christopher Moore.....

Read This all Humor Fans!
Gary
May 02, 2011 Gary rated it liked it
I always enjoyed the Bizarro genre and Wilson in particular. Reading this was like being in a high speed bumper car careening down the streets (in this case of Pseudofoliculitis City)-you never where you going from one story to another from situation to another from one sentence to another. Lots of fun and forces you to pay attention to what you are reading.
Josiah Miller
Jun 14, 2013 Josiah Miller rated it really liked it
Set in a strange world where Gogol-like events happen such as body parts taking on human activity on their own. This is an absurd string of stories that interweave. At times humorous, at times a contemplation of humanity. All the time awakening us to the realities that exist within this magnetic field of earth
Thinkingbandit
May 19, 2008 Thinkingbandit rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys very imaginative yet very surreal fiction. It is well written and enjoyable to read.
Jesse
Jul 08, 2009 Jesse rated it liked it
Mind-meltingly un-real. What it lacks in content it makes up for in style!
Adam
Jul 17, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
Surreal shorts in the style of Gogol, Aylett, and Rhys Hughes.
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I'm a novelist, short story writer, lit critic, editor, playwright, publisher, and English prof. I serve as reviews editor for Extrapolation, a journal of SF criticism, and managing editor of Guide Dog Books, the nonfiction syndicate of Raw Dog Screaming Press. I'm also the editor-in-chief of Anti-Oedipus Press.

Here are my published books: Three Plays (2016), Battle without Honor or Humanity: V
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