Cries for Help, Various

Cries for Help Various NA

  • Title: Cries for Help, Various
  • Author: Padgett Powell
  • ISBN: 9781936787319
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
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    About "Padgett Powell"

    1. Padgett Powell

      Padgett Powell is the author of four novels, including Edisto, which was nominated for the National Book Award His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper s, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications, as well as in the anthologies Best American Short Stories and Best American Sports Writing He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he teaches writing at MFA FLA, the writing program of the University of Florida.

    477 thoughts on “Cries for Help, Various”

    1. Here's another writer who knocks it out of the park every time and could use more recognition! Mentored by Donald Barthelme, Padgett has emerged with his own distinct voice, which is weird and wonderful and so, so smart and funny. There are forty-four (!!!) great stories about loneliness, work, reflection and more.Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, All The Books: bookriot/category/all-the-

    2. Really??!? I'm not a great literary critic, but I am really wondering how much the publisher paid or the favors they had to call in to gain blurbs in support of this mess. I mean, really, the book's title should have been, PLEASE PASS THE CRACK PIPE AND LET ME HAVE ANOTHER HIT OF ACID. It was like reading a piece of modern art or free verse. I know he won a national award for a novel, but this collection does not give me much confidence to try it. There were a few interesting short stories, but [...]

    3. Uneven, but certain stories fucking nail youI just like Powell a lot so even when he's not on prose-wise (and he doesn't seem to care at times-- I can dig it), I like choppiness anyways, seems his one hat-tip to realism or 'realism'a lot of these stories seem to follow this path of disintegration (like the loops, disintegration or how white light/ white heat just sort of breaks down at the end like a car that idles after you turn it off) being stories chopped up and put together but usually for [...]

    4. To me, this is Powell's best book, an accolade that is ironic and a little silly, since this seems like a grab bag of random things that may never have even been collected except his recent surging popularity, in that it shows the range of his later years, which is in my opinion are his best, despite being very much Old Man and sometimes a little navel-gazing, in that they are less solipsistic than his meta middle work (like Mrs. Hollingsworth) while equally language-driven and experimental: a S [...]

    5. I received this as a Giveaway *Cries for Help, Various reads like a fever dream that I'm convinced if read aloud is positive alchemy. I strongly suspect Padgett Powell is functioning on another level of reality. And I can only imagine while reading these (very short) stories a shift has taken place in the universe making sense of the impossible and leaving the mundane trampled in its wake. Powell's writing style is the literary equivalent of a Vulcan mind meld. I can see a lot of the stories he [...]

    6. Padgett Powell put in his place ::"With Powell’s slapdash sexism comes a sense of gross entitlement that belongs in the past with other absurd ephemera." --Miriam W. Karraker reviews @Full Stop ::full-stop/2016/01/13/r

    7. A Prince rides forth from castle Brautigan. Mighty in language, seeped in the power of a well examined life. His sorrows woven into a knapsack where he carries the magic of everyday sins and redemption. He stops for a while, bestowing gifts, then is gone, traveling along the nearest Trout stream he can find.Great stuff from an excellent writer

    8. From the man behind the immortal The Interrogative Mood (and its attendant conceptual coup - one of those darned things that descend upon a writer and tell him or her "unfortunately you will never again be inspired by a better idea than me"). But. Hurray to no rules! Hurray to no discernible hierarchy of literary values! Hurray? Are you sure? Not totally, I guess, no. Is Powell a prodigious smoker of cannabis? I would say that if Powell is NOT a prodigious smoker of cannabis then his writing is [...]

    9. *I received a complementary ARC from the publisher through First Reads* This is my first Padgett Powell book, I was intrigued by the short story collection title. For me this collection was a mixed bag, some stories had me nodding my head and laughing while others I just did not get/care for. Powell's talent as a writer is obvious, he can write a short story. I just did not like all the stories in this collection.

    10. Lightning In A BottleHere's the thing about post-postmodern writers like Powell, and even the masters, like Donald Barthelme, who preceded them. If a piece works, it really works. It's funny, apt, deadpan, clever and satisfying. If it doesn't work, then all of the craft and effort and skill at the author's command isn't going to save the piece. So it is here.All of the pieces are brief; a few pages at most. All are based on some quirky or unusual premise. Most of them do work, at least for me. T [...]

    11. Absolutely stunning work here - guerrilla storytelling. Some of the ideas that Powell commits to here - a cycle of stories about former Russian leader Yelstin out on the town with a nuclear suitcase, a story where Charles Dickens and Janis Joplin attend the same gradeschool class - would be so stupid if they weren't done with a steely confidence and a throbbing earnest heart. Points off for deep misogyny in a ton of stories, and a tendency to over-tread some monologues - those downsides are rela [...]

    12. The Imperative Mood is probably the best thing I've read in a few years. "Consider getting a lawyer so you can call him and ask him to survey your entire situation and discover if you are good for successful litigation against anyone and suggest that you do not want to die not having lived a full life and sued someone"

    13. 2 jan 16, kindle, #13 fom powell for me, pile of stories, 44 was it? first one "horses".ns: the other horse traders are over there in the 7-eleven. sounds familiar. know i read another had to do with horses, horse wrestling or rustling, banditos maybe. ummm. there's a tin man. 3 jan 16, finished. 5 oh 5 ay em. waking up at 2 2-30. i am not looking forward to the time changewhat is it? spring forward? fall back? i think so. fall forward does not sound right. spring back? went and dumped a bucket [...]

    14. This is my fifth Powell attempt. I stumbled on to him when he published The Interrogative Mood. Once I got going with that book, I really enjoyed it. Then I tried Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men, Typical: Stories, and You & Me: A Novel - not as enjoyable. Powell takes work. It's obvious he's talented, but he's difficult. There are stories in this collection that had me howling with laughter--the kind where you try to explain to your neighbor why you're hysterically laughing, and it just doesn't com [...]

    15. It's probably a matter of oversimplification, of dumbing down, to characterize Padgett Powell as a southern-fried Donald Barthelme, but a) close enough and b) wouldn't be the first time I've dumbed in any direction, down, up, sideways, diagonal. A representative paragraph that helps illustrate what Powell's getting after here, in his third collection of stories, follows. Bear in mind that the speaker is a grade-school Charles Dickens speaking to his classroom inamorata, Janis Joplin:"…you do n [...]

    16. Won this book in a giveaway! Well. I really did not like this book, but it didn't deserve one star. The problem was it was too poetic. I don't mean that in a beautiful-descriptive sense. I mean each story was poem-like. In fact, I hesitate to call them stories or even vinnettes. Just poems with no white-space. Which isn't bad. Each clearly had a lot of thought put into them, and so much going on under the surface. the problem is that there was nothing going on on the surface, which made it pain [...]

    17. Entering a Padgett Powell story is like waking up no idea where you are. Sometimes a conversation is already underway, sometimes you find yourself in the dark where all you can make out at first is a knife, gradu in the thumb notches. Maybe disorienting at first, but Powell quickly comforts you, even if in an uncomfortable way, rolling around a word or image that may have felt familiar at one time, but you learn quickly it has a certain use for the confines of this story and this story alone. Bu [...]

    18. I felt a bit insane reading this book! Sometimes really funny, but often nonsensical to the point of being boring. Ramblings of little consequence. And a little much with all the 'firm brown girls' sexist racist bs. But I did like the story with young Janis Joplin & Charlie Dickens and the first one called Horses.

    19. At times I felt a bit manic reading Mr. Powell's short stories and I began to wonder if all his stories would hit me as nonsensical. That wasn't the case. The further I got into it, I found myself really enjoying these stories, perhaps because at times they are like my thoughts, random.I don't know that this book is for everyone but I'm glad I read it.

    20. Read "Janis and Dickens," a very funny and imaginative short story about what would happen if Janis Joplin and Charles Dickens had been in the same 3rd grade class. Information available on Selected Shorts podcast at selectedshorts/2016/06

    21. I loved "Edisto" when it first came out, and I was hoping that this book would give me the same buzz. I liked and respected it, but didn't love it at all. It's a collection of many Barthelme-like short stories. Sone of them made me laugh and/or moved me, but more of them seemed empty or merely clever.

    22. This book of odd short stories is perfect for transit reading. One story gets done before you arrive at your bus stop. And if you transfer, you can read another story. The stories are weird, and sometimes a bit grotesque, but that's okay if you like that sort of thing. And generally I do. I'm proud to add this title to my bookshelf. I might even lend it to my dad.

    23. Oh so much fun. Dingbat whacko prose and viewspoint. Studied under him in my only trip to a Literary Conference, and he was grumpy, witty, interested when not unavailable in his uber masculinity mood. He has found another gear in his late-literary fiction phase.

    24. Some stories here will remind readers of his recent books YOU & ME and THE INTERROGATIVE MOOD; others sound a lot like pieces from his earlier collection TYPICAL. All of them could have been written only by Powell. Start "The New World" and "The Imperative Mood," and then read all the rest.

    25. Truly strange bunch of stories. The Imperative Mood was by far the standout from this collection. Unexpectedly moving.

    26. I received this book as an advanced reader's copy from the publisher. I love short stories, and really wanted to like thesebut I just couldn't. Too bizarre, too unconventional for me.

    27. Loved: prose + these stories Love, Gift, Sisters, and Change Of LIfe, Thang Phong, and Gluing Wooddid not like a bunch of other ones as much

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