Vicky Swanky Is A Beauty (review)
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Vicky Swanky Is A Beauty is a collection of [short shorts] or [postcard fiction|fictions compact enough so as to be spacious if printed on a postcard]. Some of the stories may qualify as being [flash fiction]. Some of the stories may not. All of the stories were written by [Diane Williams]. Diane Williams writes [parsimony|taut little tales].
[all your faults in me|My Defects]
[Birds still sing at 4:00 AM|Between Midnight and 6 AM]
[My rubber ducky is stalking me|If Told Correctly It Will Center On Me]
[Home is where the heart is. Home is in the ribcage.|My First Real Home]
[day job|On the Job]
[Mood] Which Gripped Me
The Use of [fetish|Fetishes]
[Woman In Rose Dress]
[Weight, Hair, Length]
The Wedding Mask Door Pull
[Plan towards aspiration, and marvel at its destruction|Religious Behavior]
Highlights of the [Twilight]
[Lavender braised chicken|The Newly Made Supper]
[anorexia nervosa|Chicken Winchell]
[Rudy Giuliani Gift Shop and Sex Emporium|The Emporium]
Give Them Stuff
[YOU CAN'T FIGHT EVIL WITH A MACARONI DUCK!|The Duck]
If You Ever Get Three Or Four Laughing You Weren't Soon To Forget It
[How, though the Sphere shewed me other mysteries of Spaceland, I still desired more; and what came of it|Protection, Prevention, Gazing, Gratified Desire]
[What a b what a b what a beauty| Vicky Swanky Was a Beauty]
Stop When The Person Becomes [Restless] Or [away from me|Irritable]
and other stories
A version of "Religious Behavior" with a longer ending may be found [http://canopycanopycanopy.com/1/religious_behavior_and_angus|here where] it is followed by a story not in this book.
If this book were not a book but rather a musical composition then its sound would be that of a [Mille Plateaux|rhizome], with as many discrete units of song as a [noisecore] record.
Many of the stories here are wry or grim and may require a [Repetition is a form of change|second reading] in order for the reader to get it. Each of the stories features a different narrator. Some are [Many nodes with only short sentences in them.|as short as] the shortest paragraph in this review. Some stretch to two or even three pages.
The reviewer picked out this book purely as a result of its [judge a book by its lover|cover], which features a [http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518FQWfKHuL._SL500_AA300_.jpg|painting of a cock by a dead Croat.]
On the back of the book there is a number of blurbs on a removable sticker. [Deb Olin Unferth], [Sam Lipsyte], and [Ben Marcus] all lauded [Diane Williams] for the singularity and force of her [prose before hos|prose].
This would be a fun book to read to someone who is soaking in a [Books to read in the bath: Avoid waterdamage at all costs|bathtub].
Published by [McSweeney's] in 2012
roughly 13.5 x 20 cm