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Free read ✓ Getting It in the Head Stories 106 · ☉ Getting It in the Head Stories PDF / Epub ❤ Author Mike McCormack – In stories like A Is for Axe Dead Man's Fuel The Stained Glass Violations Amor Vincit Omnia and the dazzling title piece McCormack shows a mesmerizing range and dark hued neo GothArious locations from New York Getting It ePUB #187 to the west coast of Ireland to the nameless realms of the imagination his stories conjure a world where beautiful but deranged kids make lethal bombs where talented. I didn't enjoy the two openers but wonder now if that was simply my needing to acclimate to what are deeply troubling tales The writing is often tremendous the right shade of black and for a rough idea as to what you can expect here's a passage from 'Thomas Crumlesh 1960 1992 A Retrospective' which felt to me eual parts Ian Banks and JG Ballard'His deterioration could not go on indefinitely In March 1992 he wrote telling me he planned to exhibit his final piece at the Kassel Documenta He travelled to Dublin the following month and spent a week at my house where he outlined the procedure I was to follow after the operation On the night of the tenth after shaking hands with appropriate solemnity for the last time I administered him a massive dose of morphine a euthanasia injection He died painlessly within four minutes Then following his instructions I removed his remaining left arm and head messy dispiriting work I then boiled the flesh from the arm and skull in a huge bath and using a solution of bleach and furniture polish brought the bone to a luminous whiteness I fixed the skull in the hand and set the whole thing on a wall mount; Alas Poor Thomas he had told me to call it Then I sent it to Kassel at the end of the month Thomas already having informed the gallery as to the kind of work they were to expect In critical terms it was his most successful piece and when Kiefer singled him out as the genius specific to the jaded tenor of this brutal and fantastic century his reputation was cemented This last piece sold for twenty five Deutschmarks'

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In stories like A Is for in the eBook #10003 Axe Dead Man's Fuel The Stained Glass Violations Amor Vincit Omnia and the dazzling title piece McCormack shows a mesmerizing range and dark hued neo Gothic vision Set in v. Mike McCormack is a writer from the west of Ireland and Getting it in the Head is his debut collection of short stories first published in 1996 It's been out of print for years which probably explains why it has only two other reviews on Goodreads but it's recently been re released by the Irish Lilliput Press and if you're interested you can buy it hereThe collection itself enjoyed critical success won the Rooney Prize and was named as one of the books of the year by the New York Times It's not a bad collection but it's often less than satisfying and shows the signs of being a first work by a debuting writer Many of the stories included are delightfully absurd outlandish and experimental with weird events happening with little introduction or explanation as if we were walking through an other deranged world but still recognizable as parallel to our own In the first story a man opens his door to a female travelling salesman and learns that he might have bit than he could chew; in another a young boy is possessed by the spirit of his late grandfather much to dismay and confusion of his parents should they be happy that their father is back or mourn the new loss of their son A story titled The Occupation A Guide for Tourists is a choose your own adventure road to Calvary which leads to the same outcome albeit through three very different patch each giving it a new interpretationThis isn't a bad collection but largely a forgotten one perhaps undeservedly so but that's publishing for you here today gone tomorrow Luckily for us with the advent of digital books this is no longer a big problem but now we're flooded with too much content from all sides which in consideration might be an even bigger oneInterview with Mike McCormack in The SpectactorInterview with Mike McCormack in The Irish Writers' Centre includes a short film adaptation of a short story from this collection The Terms

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Getting It in the Head StoriesSculptors spend their careers dismembering themselves in pursuit of their art where wasters It in the PDFEPUB #187 ris up with axes and turn into patricides Getting It in the Head is a brilliant bracing tour de force. 35 stars arresting stories with great images and narratives but it definitely read like the first attempt at stories it is Overkill melodrama particularly in the long title story at the expense of character I felt However a good spiky read you can see talent emerging and 'Solar Bones' shows a great writer in full flow and control These are the try outs the experiments that led him there