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Natural Complexions

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In the late 1960s, J.G. Ballard levied a fierce critique against the then-new phenomenon of media politics, populating the "condensed novels" of The Atrocity Exhibition with such real-life fictionalised characters as Jacqueline Kennedy, JFK, Marilyn Monroe and, of course, Ronald Reagan (whom his protagonist wanted to fuck). He fashioned an insane protagonist: a doctor at a ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 2018 by Equus Press
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Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
D. Harlan Wilson gives us over 50 short anecdotes, some with recurring characters, delivered with his unique irreal style. Here is a random paragraph to give a bit of a taster --- Offset by the blunt realization that he remains "merely a household God, no better than a minor deity in a soap opera," Father Bauer storms through the narrow aisles of pews and organ pipes swinging a mad axe. He wears a Force Publique jacket that he found in the prop room beneath the Lady Chapel and his breakdown is p ...more
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Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While it's one of my first Harlan Wilson books —after Peckinpah, which I loved dearly—, these stories show a crazy, unsettling and often hilarious world in which Wilson's prose shines through. I'll try to find some more of his stuff to read! ...more
Donald Armfield
Wilson pieces together a collage of mixed actualities from “Beyond the Veil” with a cleaver wit of humor, a cast of characters replaying roles in top stories of natural complexions in today’s society.
I could read these docufictions all day, like a calendar’s word of the day then run about my own days-worth of Natural Complexities.
Alex Khlopenko
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book lies to you even before you crack it open – the 76-paged paperback in no way prepares you to the density it has prepared inside. I wasn’t ready for this. I wasn’t ready for hundreds of characters in dozens of intertwined stories with guest appearances from US presidents, L. Ron Hubbard, a short-lived Instagram star that got too-hot-too-fast, a couple of gods, Biblical kings, movie stars, murderer
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Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book can fit into the inner pocket of most formal and semi-formal jackets.

If this is not enough to persuade you to buy and read this book, let me try the following.

Mr. D. has been writing absurdist books for several years now. But what this dense and tiny volume accomplishes is surprising even to old readers of D.

Intertwined short stories which can move you, make you laugh, make you cringe, and cause you ontological crises (“The man is not a man. He is a sick reptile who dimly remembers t
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D. Harlan Wilson is an American novelist, critic, editor, playwright, and college professor. His body of work bridges the aesthetics of literary and film theory with various genres of speculative fiction. Recent books include Outré (2020), The Psychotic Dr. Schreber (2019), Natural Complexions (2018), J.G. Ballard (2017), Three Plays (2016), and They Live (2015).

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