Between thought and language: the body.
A collection of 16 portrait-fictions – 15 men & a boy. Visceral, luminous & opaque – a veil-writing on the borderline of intimacy and invasion. Decidedly literary in style, the writing as much a character as its inhabitants. The pieces are generally undated; generally read as now or the near future; many obviously in NYC; some location undefined; one perhaps another planet. The erotic drives it – all. But that’s – probably – not the misunderstood thing. More essentially – lived somatic life, traumatic embodiment as emotional intensity – as words – as love – the catastrophe of relationship – is the ground of the work.
These men, furious, tender stupid and bright, forlorn and unforgiven, in a world without trace.
It is adult work, in its exploration of sexual life; it is Jewish work, in that many of the men are identifiably such; and as there’s no title story, the work as a whole – ultimately a strong unity - is lit by the title’s spiritual failure and passion.
Includes the Mary Gaitskill-chosen 2012 Summer Literary Seminars winning story "See Oh Oh Pee [that]", published in Black Warrior Review; and others previously appearing in H.O.W. Journal, Paraphilia Magazine, and Lemon Hound.
m k s | volcofsky is a Brooklyn-based artist, working in fiction, film, and the live arts.
Designed by the author, this edition is his first collection of stories.