You Private Person

You Private Person Considering how much I love Richard Chiem s writing and given how its uncanny snare and sweep of life s especially agile prompt messed lithe sharp and heartbreaking things leaves me stiffed of s

  • Title: You Private Person
  • Author: Richard Chiem
  • ISBN: 9780578098920
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • Considering how much I love Richard Chiem s writing, and given how its uncanny snare and sweep of life s especially agile, prompt, messed, lithe, sharp, and heartbreaking things leaves me stiffed of summarizing words, I think I ll just nominate his work for immortality Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm Richard Chiem writes of all the weirdness and ooziness and Considering how much I love Richard Chiem s writing, and given how its uncanny snare and sweep of life s especially agile, prompt, messed, lithe, sharp, and heartbreaking things leaves me stiffed of summarizing words, I think I ll just nominate his work for immortality Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm Richard Chiem writes of all the weirdness and ooziness and tenderness of young love, with such lucid specificity Like some beautiful film from the 70s, but also distinctly now Because I also love how in this book he documents the tremors of contemporary existence, of living and working in a city, measuring days not in coffee spoons but in cigarettes and Simpsons episodes Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl and Heroines Richard Chiem s You Private Person is a bustling prism of a thing, full of passages that actually lead somewhere off of the paper His words have brains that have bodies that wake you up in the way waking can be the best thing, like into a warm room full of good calm remembered things that feel both like relics and new inside the day Here rings a wise and bravely sculpted book packed full of stunning thankful color Blake Butler, author of There is No YearISBN 978 0 578 09892 0Dimensions 5.8 wide x 8.3 tallBinding Perfect bound PaperbackPages 110First Edition 2012Printed in the USAcover design by Mark Leidnerthescrambler books yppml

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    1. Nicholas

      Ridiculously good. It reads like poetry, and the author's mastery of speed and cadence is spectacular. I particularly liked "What If, Wendy" and "Planet B Boy." Richard Chiem's style is really unique and his way of writing without simile is awesome, as he just links words and ideas and feelings with conjunctions. It reads like being propelled along by sentient water, because there's this sense of slowness without impediment. You're moving at a very deliberate pace through the stories, but the ra [...]

    2. Tyler Crumrine

      You Private Person is full of love. Of incredible closeness and insurmountable distances. Of repetition and the unexpected. Most of all though it is full of very good stories. It tells you that you too are a private person, and that that is not a good or a bad thing, that it's just a thing. These stories grow on you, and beckon rereading whether romance enters or exits your life. I really liked this book, and I highly recommend it.Highlights: "sociopaths," "the first time or someone like me woul [...]

    3. Sam Moss

             This is Chiem's first published book, he has two e-book's out and approximately one hundred million short stories published online. He obviously went hard for You Private Person: it's heart is beating and it is drenched in sweat.The organization of this book is nebulous, there are two major story lines which are formed by numerous connected shorts: sociopaths and animals. There are a number of short stories inserted which may or may not be related to the greater story lines. Potenti [...]

    4. Natalie

      these stories to me feel timeless / the literal meaning of that word, without referring to any particular time / i was talking to someone the other day about how the ability for a [reader (or just me maybe)] to relate to a piece of writing depends on the ability of the writer to navigate between two extremes, that of ambiguity & details. i feel like these stories do that: give enough of the specific details required for it to have an identity of its own, while also somehow still retaining a [...]

    5. Tom Bensley

      You Private Person – Richard ChiemFirst of all, I need you to do something that you need to do for yourself. Read “How to Survive a Car Accident” here. Honestly, it’s one of the most captivating pieces of writing I’ve ever come across. It shows that Chiem is a master at picking the important details, because he knows the ones that put us there in the experience, with him/as him/as ourselves. In HtSaCA, the narrator is “You” and you are instructed on how to have that narrator’s ex [...]

    6. kate

      fave bits: "(1/2) are you working? there is a lot you can have by wanting. in the light i made a bargain. Envisioning a house where i never lived, you could not convince me we’d spent but(2/2) one life together.HER: are you awake? describe the house to me"and "cigarettes can levitate you and the bare weight you have very bored in your head and you have never known you were unhappy until the feeling leaves you like imagined geese from hills eager for migration. birds are so fun to imagine. this [...]

    7. Michael Seidlinger

      "Love dreamy." Two words procured from You Private Person that fully encapsulate the texture of Chiem's writing. Chiem has control of a curious literary trait - the ability to weigh in description and explicit detail as light and majestic as golden-age animated television shows; that is, to say, existential set-pieces given to fantasy and clever whimsy.I dare say You Private Person is the acted out snapshot of the private life of a couple in love, playing along to their favorite movies and TV sh [...]

    8. Alexander Allison

      In You Private Person, Richard Chiem tickles the underbelly of language: he probes what is tender, what is exposed. His operation is soft. He moves the reader softly through these stories. He tells them patiently. There is space here. Cool, clear space. The collection is full of allusions to popular culture; Richard makes no excuses for his contexts, but he does manage to show their beauty & if not that, then their potential for it. These stories are spells and I'm smitten. May he cast them [...]

    9. Albert

      The writing style occasionally gets a little ponderous but the storm-bright arrivals made it worth it. Parts had me whirring with the moment conjured by well-wrought phrase and resonance across the stories.

    10. Philip Palios

      An excellent collection of short stories that can also be read as a novel. This was the first of Chiem's work I've read and believe it provides a great introduction to his literary prowess.At first, I was disturbed and upset by the dark and obscene nature of many of the early stories in this collection. However, upon further reflection I realized that my disgust was truly a denial of the darkness that I believe exists within all of us, and certainly exists within me. I typically am the type of p [...]

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