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I read multiple stories from Poor Man's Guide before release to provide a blurb, but grabbed my own copy after release.

In the preface, Benson compares the structure of Poor Man's Guide to a music album. Many of the stories, with their short bursts of...more
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Over the last three centuries our historical reception of folk and fairy tales has been so negatively twisted by aesthetic norms, educational standards and market conditions that we can no longer distinguish folk tales from fairy tales nor recognize that the impact of these narratives stems from their imaginative grasp and symbolic depiction of social realities. Folk and fairy tales are generally confused with one another and taken as make-believe stories with no direct reference to a particular community or historical tradition. Their own specific ideology and aesthetics are rarely seen in the light of a diachronic historical development which has great bearing on our cultural self-understanding.Jack Zipes
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" An incredible debut. Truly, this is the voice of a new literary talent that is bound to make waves. This collection is raw and real, heartfelt and powerful, and it should absolutely be on your radar. "
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" There is an authority and an honesty to this voice that will make you laugh and squirm at the same time.

One of the blurbs called it the spawn of Palahniak and Hannah, but for me it more conjured Daniel Woodrell and maybe even Cormac McCarthy. But... " Read more of this review »
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" I don't usually read short stories because they are short. Not enough time to spend with the characters. Not a problem with these stories. Mostly these characters are train wrecks I could not turn away from, and was relieved at each ending. Even t... " Read more of this review »
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“Over the last three centuries our historical reception of folk and fairy tales has been so negatively twisted by aesthetic norms, educational standards and market conditions that we can no longer distinguish folk tales from fairy tales nor recognize that the impact of these narratives stems from their imaginative grasp and symbolic depiction of social realities. Folk and fairy tales are generally confused with one another and taken as make-believe stories with no direct reference to a particular community or historical tradition. Their own specific ideology and aesthetics are rarely seen in the light of a diachronic historical development which has great bearing on our cultural self-understanding.”
Jack Zipes, Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales

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“The act of making music, clothes, art, or even food has a very different, and possibly more beneficial effect on us than simply consuming those things. And yet for a very long time, the attitude of the state toward teaching and funding the arts has been in direct opposition to fostering creativity among the general population. It can often seem that those in power don’t want us to enjoy making things for ourselves—they’d prefer to establish a cultural hierarchy that devalues our amateur efforts and encourages consumption rather than creation. This might sound like I believe there is some vast conspiracy at work, which I don’t, but the situation we find ourselves in is effectively the same as if there were one. The way we are taught about music, and the way it’s socially and economically positioned, affect whether it’s integrated (or not) into our lives, and even what kind of music might come into existence in the future. Capitalism tends toward the creation of passive consumers, and in many ways this tendency is counterproductive.”
David Byrne, How Music Works

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