Kevin's Reviews > Worsted
Having known and been a huge Lutz fan for a couple of decades now, it's intriguing to see the subtle changes in her writing career. Worsted pairs Lutz with another great small press, Short Flight Long Drive, under the editorial vision of literary badass Elizabeth Ellen. This pairing results in some of the direct and overtly humorous stories of Lutz's career, even evoking Lutz's earliest work writing under the pen name Lee Stone (see "Home, School, Office" and "Six Stories" from Partial List of People to Bleach). This slightly pared-down style is most evident in the 54-page opener, "Worsted." The story, "Rules for Tenants" could almost be a McSweeney's humor piece (that's a compliment). Other stories startle us back into Lutzian sentence-land—a land where words and language create new sensations and images in your brain that you never knew were in there. I've quoted from Lutz's stories many many times in the past but this time I'll leave it up to you, because the joy of reading Garielle Lutz is the shock of how she makes the story form a new, original animal with every book.
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