Tunneling to the Center of the Earth
Kevin Wilson's characters inhabit a world that moves seamlessly between the real and the imagined, the mundane and the fantastic. "Grand Stand-In" is narrated by an employee of a Nuclear Family Supplemental Provider—a company that supplies "stand-ins" for families with deceased, ill, or just plain mean grandparents. And in "Blowing Up On the Spot," a young woman works sort...more
It really is. Wilson has a remarkable ability to get us into the heads of everyday people in surreal situations. A guy who works in a scrabble-piece factory, terrified that he will spontaneously combust, as his parents did. Ha ...more
The stories veer from the vaguely fantasy/sci-fi (“The Grand Stand-In”, about grandparents for hire in the near future) to the creepy (“The Shooting Man”) to the Zen-esque calm of outsiders who struggle with identity (the isolative curator of “The Museum of Whatnot”). Wilson tends to share the per ...more
Kevin Wilson'ı Fang Ailesi romanıyla tanıdım,yaratıcılığına hayran kaldım.Dünyanın Merkezine Tünel Kazmak ise bir öykü kitabı. kısa olmasına karşın daha zor oluşturulduğuna inandığım öykülerde dahi yazar,şaşırtıcı hatta kimi yerlerde vu ...more
"Grand Stand In" -- This is the story of a woman who works for a company that pro ...more
This was an absolute GEM of a book for ...more
The key to thi ...more
And so it was.
We peeled around strange corners and squealed through peoples lives, odd characters I never would have met or even imagined in my own life, with my own imagination at the wheel. Smashing through their kitchen windows and listening in our their private conversations, voyeurs breaking the speed of dreams, I w ...more
Slight? Well, maybe more than slight. In most of these, he stretches the ordinary and part of the inherent tension is this: how far is he going to take this premise?
Next, Wilson adds a colorful, memorable character who accepts this alternate real ...more
“I walk down the stairs, into the exercise room, where the Beamers are riding machines to infinity” (16).
“To unlock the potential power of the letter Q, one must learn quickly that there are other words to spell than those that have the standard qu structure like quartet and quality and queen. Qat, qaid, qoph, and faqir wi ...more
If I were to compare, thought Wilson does not need to be compared, I would compare this collection to Etgar Keret's collections, perhaps The Girl on the Fridge. Sure, Wilson's characters are very in-the-m ...more
From the the story; "The Gran Stand In", about a service that provides grandparents for hire to replace someone's ailing or deceased parents when they can't bear to tell the grandkids, to "Museum of Whatnot" that takes hording to the next level.
Hard to pick my favorite, but I'll go with t ...more
* (an acquaintance and an ex-boyfriend, in case you were curious)
Kevin Wilson is a genius. In this surreal anthology of wild short stories, he twists gut-wrenching bittersweet, hopeful, beautiful stories that just... I have no words.
Also, Go Fight Win is my favorite.:)
The characters are so relatable. In a strange way, I connect to their insecurities, fears, passions. So yes. In other words, go read. Get ready for your mind to be blown.
My favorite was "Grand Stand-In" about a woman whose job it is to pretend to be these families' grandma.
The one that made me angry and sad was "Mortal Kombat" about two friends struggling with their sexuality. It was complex and yet... it was negatively physical. They don't have a loving relationshi ...more