These aren't academic, insidery essays. They speak to the fervency of youth and being moved by particular pieces of writing. Ryan recalls the "engine of desire" in Volcano and being "blinded by the heat of what I was internalizing." The reader gets a sense not only of the dreamy-nightmare quality of the book, but also a thoughtful look at the madness of stage life and being on tour. "You find yourself lost in the middle
From the first page:
"I was in Australia, reading an old, yellowed paperback copy of Malcolm Lowry's involution of hell, Under the Volcano, while all around massive forest fires were burning out of control. New South Wales, Australia's Easternmost state, was in the midst of the 1994 Eastern Seaboard Bushfires. I was touring in a band called the Lemonheads. I had been touring, by then, for several years.
"At night these great fires kept the sky lit
I'll be reading from and discussing my new book on Malcolm Lowry on April 11, at Greenlight Bookstore, in Brooklyn.
Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Fort Greene store:
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
An Evening with Ig Publishing: Bookmarked
- Michael Seidlinger, author of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves
- Jaime Clarke, author of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
- David Ryan, author of Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano
Wine reception to follow
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Kirkus (starred): A debut collection of stories—one of the best in recent memory—that finds psychological acuity within characters who are unreflective or even impenetrable.
Ryan (Writing/Sarah Lawrence) has plainly been honing his craft, because the 13 tales here are the work of a writer who knows exactly what he’s doing—and challenges the reader to figure out how he’s doing it. Not that the stories are difficult or experimental, but they often seem to begin at a point where nothingMore+
"There is not a word wasted in this powerful debut collection. I think that David Ryan has set a course that will influence many other writers, anyone who values language that is taut and precise, characters whose response to their ruin is, in effect, 'Bring it on,' and important concerns that claim a reader's attention in the most persuasive ways possible."
"From the first page of ANIMALS IN MOTION one is immersed in the precisionist’s world, filled with
Publishers Weekly review of Animals in Motion out tomorrow: "...Ryan’s collection triumphs as a spiritual and cerebral journey through oft-ignored parts of the human—and animal—psyche."
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My story collection Animals in Motion is officially available as of today. Which means—
YOU CAN BUY IT:
Direct, from Small Press Distributors.
Bookstores can order from SPD, HERE.
You can also have your library get it for you from Brent Cunningham at SPD.More+
Great news: Esquire's digital edition has just published "Security," one of the stories from my new collection, Animals in Motion, this week. It's behind a paywall but it's available to subscribers through Esquire Weekly.More+
Thanks to Eric Forbes for adding Animals in Motionbook addict's guide to good books: July 2014 Highlights!More+
1. Never approach short stories one at a time. If one approaches short stories one at a time, one can quite honestly be writing the same short story until the day one dies.
2. It is best to write short stories three or five at a time. If one has the energy, write them nine or fifteen at a time.
A medical assistantship consists of more than spectating at complicated bowel operations, cutting open stomach linings, bracketing off lungs, and sawing off feet; and it doesn't just consist of thumbing closed the eyes of the dead, and hauling babies out into the world either. An assistantship is not just tossing limbs and parts of limbs over your shoulder into an enamel bucket. Nor does it just consist of trotting along behind the registrar and the assistant and the assistant's assistant,More+
The terrible secret about short stories is that they are made of language. Entirely. Nothing else goes into them. They might be plausible or implausible, but they are always invented actions created for our interior. Yet we are still more comfortable discussing a story's imagery. Discussions of language can render us mute. Stories are language-made hallucinations, fabrications that persuade us to believe in them for their duration. They happen on the inside and we can keep them secret. ButMore+