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Jon Konrath is back with He, a collection of 100 intertwined micro-fictions. The flash fragments of raw emotion each begin with the titular word "he," and descend in every possible direction, with great absurdity and hilarity.

In an apocalyptic world filled with sex, violence, the macabre, UFOs, Mariah Carey belly-button-fetish videos, NyQuil jello shots, and beer-battered,
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Paragraph Line Books (first published August 10th 2015)
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Brian
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Brian by: Arthur Graham
So yesterday I was sitting in a coffee shop here in San Francisco waiting for a client to arrive for a meeting, cheek by jowl to a table of twenty somethings jabbering in their Norcal vocal lilt where every sentence ends in a question - I’m reading He by Konrath, loving his zany and hilarious mashed up musings on American culture’s death spiral and having a hard time concentrating because these two are talking THIS FUCKING LOUD about absolutely nothing – regurgitating HBO original series plots, ...more
Arthur Graham
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
He sits down to write this review, guts still churning from a long night of drinking, robotripping, and an ill-advised 3am whale-fucker sandwich from the 24/7 combination Long John Silver's/abortion clinic, the one out by the old airport.

He looks out the window, picks up a loaded magnum revolver, and resists the urge to cap one of the neighbor's loudly clucking chickens, exploding it into a fine red mist of organic, free-range feathers. It is now just past dawn.

He has difficulty focusing his tho
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Nefariousbig
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
PREPARE TO BE FUCKED BY THE LONG DICK OF THE LAW.

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Konrath is the Bret Easton Ellis of dirty Americana. What Ellis did to yuppies of the 80s, Konrath does to 21st century dirty Americana culture. He holds a magnifying glass up and focuses in until all the edges of life start to curl up and brown. The rancid smell of fry grease and desperation hit hard, and when it hits, sometimes it hits home. It's not pretty and it's not real, but it's stuff you know, and th
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David
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book intriguingly brings a new structure to Konrath's wildness and leaps linking the fringes of American culture. It's definitely an experiment, but it really works. I think it could actually be more approachable for readers not quite ready for Konrath's more challenging work, at the same time that it's still riveting for those of us down for anything Konrath has dreamed up. It's as strange as anyone could possibly desire, but it encapsulates the essence of modern America beautifully. I kno ...more
Joseph Hirsch
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This book (and its writer) reminded me of that scene in Charles Bukowski's "Ham on Rye," in which the protagonist Henry Chinaski defends his choice of James Thurber as his favorite writer with this simple, declarative statement: "He knows everybody is crazy."

I read this book in one sitting (a rarity for me, even when it comes to shorter works), if only because each bit of epigrammatic prose was like a savory morsel of food. The chapters have the clarity of haiku (albeit disturbing haiku that add
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SARDON
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(5 Stars!)

Czechoslovakia had its Kafka; Stalinist Russia had its Kharms; and now, the contemporary U.S. has Jon Konrath: a neoabsurdist author whose vision of capitalistic excess finds a glaring reflection in the detritus of popular culture. Whether it's satanically-minded consumers of fast food, biologically- and psychologically-compromising fad diets, public exhibitions of sex-dolls with fudge-smeared orifices, deranged vestiges of patriotism, NyQuil overdoses, or--of course--UFO conspiracies,
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Bert Stanton!
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal. A collection of absurdist flash fiction, each starting with the word “He”, it ranges from funny to sad to gross to beautiful and back again, sometimes all in one paragraph. At first, the stories almost read like the author just copied from a Mad Lib generator. But the stories aren’t just random words put together. Each one is loosely connected, ranging from UFOs, Taco Bell, glory holes, Alexander Haig Trapper Keepers, and a lot more. I don’t think I’d ever want to hang ...more
Katey
I'm sure there is a correct way to describe Konrath's writing, but I'm stumped. Bizarre might be an easy adjective and for some people, that's what it would be, but that's far too simplistic; reductive. Just read it in unsettling enjoyment (not the right word either).
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