Friday, August 24, 2007

"Greek Tragedies, Man"

After a slight delay, you can finally read my featured review of Dead Boys by Richard Lange in today's Rocky Mountain News, titled "Dead, Brilliantly Alive."

And, to my surprise, a chorus of voices has joined me in praising this under-the-radar masterpiece. Lange has gotten glowing reviews from the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, and the San Francisco Chronicle, who raves in an artfully written, bizarrely global review that "What Richard Lange writes about, to cop Allen Ginsberg's title, is the fall of America."

Five Chapters has also serialized "The Hero Shot," one of the best stories in the collection, online.

If you're still not convinced, you can also go back and read "Radio Noir" in the August issue of Bookslut, which includes a short interview with the author about his mileau, inspirations and other myriad aspects of the City of Angels.

Well? Go buy a copy of Dead Boys. I'll wait.

1 comment:

joe mcginniss jr. said...

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC earlier this year. Stunning. Thank goodness someone somewhere said "okay" and gave this guy a chance. Too often, great writing doesn't find the readers because it's too gritty, dark or edgy. DEAD BOYS is all of those and with insight and originality. Buy it, read it and be grateful.