Pictures of Houses with Water Damage

Pictures of Houses with Water Damage

Michael Hemmingson / Mar 30, 2020

Pictures of Houses with Water Damage Michael Hemmingson has been called Raymond Carver on acid by literary guru Larry McCaffery and a disciple of a quick and dirty literature by the American Book Review Hemmingson writes from within the

  • Title: Pictures of Houses with Water Damage
  • Author: Michael Hemmingson
  • ISBN: 9780982520420
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • Michael Hemmingson has been called Raymond Carver on acid by literary guru Larry McCaffery and a disciple of a quick and dirty literature by the American Book Review Hemmingson writes from within the everyday man s murky nightmares, offering hints and then, dazzlingly, reneging on his hints.

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    About "Michael Hemmingson"

      • Michael Hemmingson

        A novelist, short story writer, literary critic, cultural anthropologist, qualitative researcher, playwright, and screenwriter He died in Tijuana, Mexico on 9 January 2014 source


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    1. the back of this book claims that michael hemmingson is raymond carver on acid. and my first thought was, "oh, great, so it is going to be boring AND overconfident, awesome." but these stories were actually very good. so, larry mcaffery, i agree with your assessment. very astute. my snark was prematurecause these are definitely stories about mismatched individuals, poisonous relationships, drinking, and that's all very carver, right? it has been a while, but i remember that much. however, these [...]


    2. A five-star read. A collection of shorts that take the reader on a whirlwind exploration of various relationships from voyeuristic neighbors to broken marriages to high school proms that end with UFOs, from visits from her legless ex just returned from Iraq who looks at what he should've got, from strip club rendevouses after the baby is delivered to picnics in the park. There's a darkness and a threateningness underlying each story. Each one is just skirting the edge of the chasm.


    3. Bruises PICTURES OF HOUSES WITH WATER DAMAGE is not only a zinger of a title for a collection of short stories, but the packaging includes a fine book design by Steven Seighman and points to Black Lawrence Press as a leader in the contemporary publishing business, making this new book an all around fascinating entity. Michael Hemmingson comes to this collection of stories with a sturdy background in writing: he is a novelist, short story writer, literary critic, cultural anthropologist, qualitat [...]


    4. It’s just like Michael Hemmingson to be gone. Just when I wanted to thank him for his black Valentine’s Day messages.There’s a world of hurt in his collection Pictures of Houses with Water Damage (Black Lawrence Press, 2010). It’s a numbed kind of hurt, the kind of pain felt after a breakup, whether you wanted to break up or not—or didn’t know what you wanted either way.The numbed pain Hemmingson awakens can’t be cured with booze, with sex, with a new affair, though every one of hi [...]


    5. UPDATE: My video review of this book is live. Watch it here: wingchairbooks/2011/01I just read this book one week ago, and from the moment I finished the second story [any book can lead with one great story followed by filler], I was instantly astounded by the lack of reviews, and, more specifically, praise. Every single piece in this collection is golden.I had not read anything else from Hemmingson, but I had been enticed by this book [solely for it's title and cover design] since the moment of [...]


    6. Some of these people drink. Some are unfaithful. Some are violent. Some just do embarrassing things. Why? Why do the people in these stories act this way?The reason is because this is a collection of stories about regret, either regretting something done or not done. These stories, with the exception of just a few, don't have happy beginnings, middles, or ends. Although the writing is spare, every word counts. It's worth reading if you're into dirty realism or minimalist writing. It's a memorabl [...]


    7. These are good stories -- tightly crafted, with crisp characters and some clever wordplay -- but they feel like stories from a bygone era, like Carver hungover. They're too sharp and bitter and cynical to read all at once; they carve away at the soul.That's not a bad thing -- this isn't criticism -- but they're definitely stories for a certain time and place. I'm looking forward to revisiting them when I'm in a different time, a better place.





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