Endless thanks to Karin Falcone Krieger for this gorgeous review of Two Californias in The Literary Review. Besides the nice ego boost and the fuzzy feeling when you know the book (especially in difficult times) has been circulating, I’m also starting to treasure the different ways each reviewer approaches the book – which topics are subjects of focus, which stories, which writing lineage the book splays out from. I love the review’s notation of menace underlying the stories, and am touched/humbled by calling the book a “Gen X Thomas Pynchon or low key cousin of David Foster Wallace.” Thanks, Karin!
Thanks so much to R. Leigh Hennig for a glowing spotlight (with the humbling post title “Superiority Through Characterization”!!!) in THE SEM10TIC STANDARD. I admit that I didn’t think I’d ever be favorably compared (or compared at all) to Stephen King! I really appreciate Leigh’s insights into character development in 2C, and especially the ways that he thinks of Two Californias in terms of the horror genre; that horror, or domestic horror, doesn’t intrinsically involve the supernatural or even the superviolent…
A boost to the ego amidst quarantine days.
Lots of gratitude and appreciation to Juliana Converse for writing a terrific and incisive review of 2C, and to Maggie Ball for hosting/spearheading the wonderful Compulsive Reader. Such a wonderful feeling not simply to be complimented; more that someone has spent deep time with the work, digested it, and evolved it with their own words. 2C, for Converse, with language that “is vibrant, even magical, and often humorous,” conveys how “our attempts to reconcile loss are imperfect, and ultimately transforming.” Thank you!!!
I was going to write a little something about the Pico Act, which would, around 1859, have split California in two, largely to preserve the potential of a free state (n. cal) and a slave state (s. cal), and which was approved (overwhelmingly!) by the California legislature, and would have been ratified had it not been for the Civil War, but there’s lots of docs that do this better, and so I merely want to point out that my favorite mode of coffee production, the Mokapot, which I’ve carted pretty much everywhere, and is fairly endangered (so far as home coffee makers go) has a nice social history in Atlas Obscura.
How much do I love my Mokapot? In “Goat Pharmacy,” nestled in the middle of Two Californias, I named a character Mrs. Bialetti.
Very excited to chat about teaching, Two Californias, and The Paradox of Wonder Woman’s Airplane with Kristina Marie Darling in Lit Pub – check it out!
And reviews start to flow in! Daniel J. Cecil’s smart and incisive look at Two Californias is now up at Entropy Mag (https://entropymag.org/two-californias-robert-glick/). Thanks Daniel!!!
Sadly we’re not going to go. No interest in being a potential vector, or infecting my parents, whom I’ll see next week. If you go: please check out the C&R Booth 1535, where you can purchase Two Californias or other C&R Books, and attend the readings below!
Coffee Talk in the AWP Book Fair, Thursday, March 5: 10:30-11:30AM : Find me at the C&R Booth 1535, where I’ll be signing books. More broadly, please come by at any time to check out all C&R’s great great books, including Two Californias … C&R Reading, Friday, March 6, 4-6PM : https://www.facebook.com/events/495388414457224/ UofU Reading, Friday, March 6, 7-9PM : https://www.facebook.com/events/1239354199589573/
and they always amaze you not simply for their kind words, but because they anticipate and articulate things you yourself can’t/couldn’t. Many many thanks to Gerry Schwartz, who writes, “Part of the greatness of Two Californias derives from its vertiginous variety…The long shadows of Beckett, Hubert Selby, Jr., and others do hang low over this work, yet Glick nearly always sounds fresh. To read him is to refresh your sense of fiction’s possibilities.”
Super pleased to be teaming up with Rochester’s great Writers & Books for a second release party for Two Californias. The reading (snacks, pineapple erasers, etc.) will be in conjunction with a workshop that Saturday on exploring the flat spots in story. Let’s hope for good weather!