Thanks (once again!) to Vincent Czyz and The Arts Fuse, not only for the wonderful review a few months ago but for an extra shout out (right next to Lance Olsen’s My Red Heaven) in their Recommended Books, 2020 feature. It’s super to see Two Californias in such smart company…
I dropped the ball on this one, so trying to rectify it now: there’s a lusciously complex review of Two Californias in the Heavy Feather Review. As the book makes its snaky way (and here, I’m thinking of the old computer Snake game) through the world, I’m stunned by the different takes other writers have, and the ways they’ve immersed, emerged, re-immersed. A shout-out to Heavy Feather Review, who consistently do amazing, amazing work, and manifold thanks to Feliz Moreno for spending so much time with the collection!
Thanks so much to Michael Palmer for writing about Two Californias in the “What I’m Reading Now…” section of the wonderful press Tarpaulin Sky. He says the book is funny (amongst other things), which pleases me so; I’ve always feared that the book’s humor gets lots in the patterning of darker subjects…
Many, many thanks to Vincent Czyz and his incisive, extensive review of Two Californias in The Arts Fuse! I love the abstract, which summarizes things nicely: “Two Californias is full of humor, good writing, and thoughtful angles on human existence—with zombies thrown in for good measure.”
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!!!
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!!!
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.”