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Ed Park

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Buffalo, New York
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Powell, Nabokov, Wodehouse, Bernhard, Mathews, Portis, Ingalls, Coe

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I'm the author of the novel PERSONAL DAYS and a founding editor of THE BELIEVER. I've co-edited three anthologies: READ HARD and READ HARDER (with Heidi Julavits) and BUFFALO NOIR (with Brigid Hughes). A new novel and story collection are forthcoming.

I've also written introductions to Anthony Powell's AFTERNOON MEN, Russell Hoban's TURTLE DIARY, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's EXILEE TEMPS MORTS, Harold Lloyd's silent film SAFETY LAST!, and Roman Polanski's ROSEMARY'S BABY. These days I also review graphic novels for the New York Times Book Review.

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Personal Days

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Slide to Unlock

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Trampoline: An Anthology

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“A few insect skeletons lay scattered on the narrow sill, shiny and precise and sad as broken jewelry.”
Ed Park, Personal Days

“Maxine will sometimes compliment us on our hair or other aspects of our scruffy appearance. The next day, or even later the same day, she'll send an all-caps e-mail asking why a certain form is not on her desk. This will prompt a peppy reply, one barely stifling a howl of fear:

Hey Maxine!
The document you want was actually put in your in-box yesterday around lunchtime. I also e-mailed it to you and Russell. Let me know if you can't find it!
Thanks!
Laars

P.S. I'm also attaching it again as a Word doc, just in case.

There's so much wrong here: the fake-vague around lunchtime, the nonsensical Thanks, the quasi-casual postscript. The exclamation points look downright psychotic.”
Ed Park, Personal Days

“A: Is this the copy that you read as a kid?
E: Yes. Look at the edges--that turquoise color. It's lighter along the top, from where the sun hit it. Now look at this gorgeous color here, the long edge. Beautiful. Makes me nostalgic.
A: For what?
E: I don't know. The age of turquoise page edges. Somewhere there's a grad student doing her dissertation on the inks used in twentieth-century mass-market paperbacks. ”
Ed Park

“A few insect skeletons lay scattered on the narrow sill, shiny and precise and sad as broken jewelry.”
Ed Park, Personal Days

“A: Is this the copy that you read as a kid?
E: Yes. Look at the edges--that turquoise color. It's lighter along the top, from where the sun hit it. Now look at this gorgeous color here, the long edge. Beautiful. Makes me nostalgic.
A: For what?
E: I don't know. The age of turquoise page edges. Somewhere there's a grad student doing her dissertation on the inks used in twentieth-century mass-market paperbacks. ”
Ed Park

“Maxine will sometimes compliment us on our hair or other aspects of our scruffy appearance. The next day, or even later the same day, she'll send an all-caps e-mail asking why a certain form is not on her desk. This will prompt a peppy reply, one barely stifling a howl of fear:

Hey Maxine!
The document you want was actually put in your in-box yesterday around lunchtime. I also e-mailed it to you and Russell. Let me know if you can't find it!
Thanks!
Laars

P.S. I'm also attaching it again as a Word doc, just in case.

There's so much wrong here: the fake-vague around lunchtime, the nonsensical Thanks, the quasi-casual postscript. The exclamation points look downright psychotic.”
Ed Park, Personal Days




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