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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In Diegeses, acclaimed novelist and critic D. Harlan Wilson channels the "schiz-flows" of Ballard, Kierkegaard, Kafka, Burroughs, and Deleuze and Guattari in two interconnected novelettes. "The Bureau of Me" and "The Idaho Reality" follow a man who goes only by the name of Curd into the nightmarish prism of his own ego. In an ominous, darkly surreal near-future, Curd is vi ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published June 2013 by Anti-Oedipus Press (first published January 24th 2013)
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Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writing a review of Wilson's work is always a challenging prospect. I mean, the idea that I can break all of this down, digest it, and regurgitate some kind of synopsis that accurately describes this kind of book is ludicrous. If you've read Wilson's work, you know what I mean. If you haven't, then you should read and see what I mean. Still, this is an impressive showing from Wilson: a fractalistic splatter of images and language that is simultaneously cerebral and instinctual. Can I elaborate? ...more
S.T. Cartledge
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diegeses is the same old D. Harlan Wilson we know and love. His writing flows from one sentence to another to another real smooth and yet the events which occur may be violently absurd or incredibly jarring.

Diegeses is a story told in two parts: The Bureau of Me, and the Idaho Reality. The Bureau of Me is focused on the specific happenings of a man named Curd, where the Idaho Reality covers everything outside of that. Curd is in it, but he is not the centre of it. If you know D. Harlan Wilson, y
Nick Cato
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wilson's latest is comprised of two novellas, each a bizarre trip through the eyes of a curious gent named Curd.

In 'The Bureau of Me,' a mysterious group attempt to get Curd to join their organization through the author's always mind-warping narrative. We're in some kind of futuristic society where cannibalism may or may not be symbolic and our anti-hero likes to drink profusely to try and figure things out. Curd eventually discovers the Bureau may be run by mothmen and deals with his constant d
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro, fiction, e-books
diegeses: noun, pl. di·e·ge·ses [dahy-uh-jee-seez]
1. the telling of a story by a narrator who summarizes events in the plot and comments on the conversations, thoughts, etc., of the characters.
2. the sphere or world in which these narrated events and other elements occur.
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“What the...?” is probably the first thing most people will say to themselves while reading Diegeses by D. Harlan Wilson. It's the first book published by Anti-Oedipus Press and is currently only available
Matthew Vaughn
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second piece of work I have read by D Harlan Wilson with the first being his short collection, They Had Goat Heads, which was fantastic. Wilson is an exceptional author. He is the thinking man’s bizarro writer. So when the opportunity to read his newest book, Diegeses came about I jumped at the chance and sure enough I was not disappointed.

The book is split into two halves. The first half is The Bureau of Me. Here we have Curd, a business man of some sort who is being pursued by age
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two novellas brought together in one file tied inexorably together by one asshole.

Who else but D. Harlan Wilson could pull that off?

Playing upon his strengths as both an academic writer and his preternatural gift of stream-of-(post)consciousness, Wilson presents the reader with an examination of both a personal existentialist quandary and the conundrum of the greater existence of reality with "The Bureau of Me." In this part we are introduced to Curd, an asshole typical of Wilson's writing. He i
Jamie Grefe
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro-fiction
D. Harlan Wilson’s DIEGESES destroyed my Saturday evening in the best possible way. I wrote a review about it, but how can one write a review of a book that baffles all of one’s mental models? I suffered. I clawed my teeth out to bring you some words to somehow measure up to Wilson’s brilliance, but I have been known to fall flat and my face is now officially a smear campaign for mothmen. With this in mind, from my small part of the world, I thank you for taking the time to read my review: DIEGE ...more
R.A. Harris
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
D. Harlan Wilson has quickly asserted himself as an exemplary example of a new wave of writers unafraid to engage in what can only be described as “post-storytelling”. Frenetic pace, schizo-language, ultraviolence, ridiculous plots and hilarious characters all conspire to create truly remarkable works of fiction in every one of his books.

His latest, DIEGESES consists of two shorter novellas titled “The Bureau of Me” and “The Idaho Reailty” published by Anti-Oedipus Press – if you have read Deleu
Adam Browne
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I thought of: Wm Burroughs - especially Burroughs - Michael Moorcock and JG Ballard, their experiments with narrative, their brilliant attempts to reinvent science fiction. Thought too of the early surrealists, and the dadaists - has D Harlan read Alfred Jarry's The Supermale? He should. Especially the bike race.

At first, reading the first few pages, I also thought of The Matrix, a film I dislike. I was worried, I thought the author was ripping it off - but I was wrong (there may be
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diegeses will go down as "classic D. Harlan Wilson." The pages are layered sheets of reality, mapping the topography of identity with pop media references, flashes of bloody mayhem, and some genuinely funny moments. Mysterious agents pursue a man named Curd, a leg & ass enthusiast who we learn is an eccentric actor in a soap opera. He calls his mother when he gets drunk and refuses to wear the assigned wardrobe during the taping of his TV show. Curd hasn't been feeling well lately. His pligh ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting book that is two novellas that contain a guy named Curd. It's not something you can easily review because it's truly bizarre and a book you just have to read for yourself to truly get what it's about.

Wilson is a talented writer and while some of the short stories fall a bit flat in the second novella I kept reading just to figure out what it all meant. There had to be some meaning hidden among the chaos. That is for you to decide.

All I will say is that this is a solid book. It for
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I'm a novelist, short story writer, literary critic, editor, playwright, publisher, and English professor. 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.

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