"Strange and "really important sentences" make up Shane Jones' collection of stories. They are stylistically and conceptually daring, but what draws me to them is the big-heartedness that lies underneath the casual surface. You will feel a little pang in your heart when you read about the Hair Monster and his girlfriend." -- Matthew Rohrer, Author of A Green Light "Shane J"Strange and "really important sentences" make up Shane Jones' collection of stories. They are stylistically and conceptually daring, but what draws me to them is the big-heartedness that lies underneath the casual surface. You will feel a little pang in your heart when you read about the Hair Monster and his girlfriend." -- Matthew Rohrer, Author of A Green Light "Shane Jones is writing from a hole he fell into a few years ago. He broke his legs and finally built a typewriter out of his leg bones. His stories are lovely and sincere and nightmarish. He gives us his whole heart and lets us laugh at it to make it beat. It's the saddest and funniest thing." -- Zachary Schomburg, Author of The Man SuitFrom The Publisher -- "The writing of Shane Jones is an enticing elixir culled from the ingredients of our dreams. they will stick to the electrical synapses of our brains like literary biscuits and gravy. If an at-peace Jim Thompson were to somehow mate with a rollercoaster, this chapbook would eat their baby."...
|Title||:||I Will Unfold You With My Hairy Hands|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
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I Will Unfold You With My Hairy Hands Reviews
I imagine Jones, sitting at a table covered in purple velvet, taken over by SOMEthing in the etherea, producing this work of collected micro-fictions. Reading it feels like falling into a dreamworld, where animals and people live in somnambulistic coexistence. This drippy trippy nature of the world Jones explores is decidedly the thing that I struggled with when I first read his work. But now I have a better understanding of what to expect: modern dreamfables, but fables eked out of and/ or distilled through a collapsed culture, where folk detritus frames the construction of the stories with a life of their own, from and yet outside of Jones.I WILL UNFOLD YOU is perhaps my favorite story of the collection. MESSENGERS feels like a precursor to THE FAILURE SIX, but still enjoyable. I am not a fan of the excessively numbered stories, like REALLY IMPORTANT SENTENCES or I BUILT A WAGON, as they feel too automatic, too quick for a narrative. The underlying theme of these stories, how they come together in this collection, is a little harder to discern and something I'm curious to know more about. I imagine it's about the problem of communicating: can we hear each other? are we even listening? how do you quantify a dream? how do we explain the unexplainable? This is a theme of Jones's work, if this is the theme of the collection. I am glad to discover that I am eagerly listening.
I absolutely adore Shane Jones' writing. I had unfortunately discovered his work too late for many of his earlier limited edition chapbook releases. Of those few out-of-print publications I have been able to obtain, this is certainly my favorite. Beautiful and highly original imagery saturate this short story, so much so that, without re-reading it, I find it difficult to figure out whether so much detail was actually contained in the story or that the story conveyed so much to me that I filled in the gaps. To me, that is the mark of an amazing writer; one who can tell a story of great originality while still leaving space for the readers' imagination to fill the story to overflowing, yet able to guide their imagination to an even higher connection to the story. Beautifully done.
Paul West once dubbed Guy Davenport's stories "erotic skywriting" and that's sort of what I felt about these pieces. Favorite one is "Really Important Sentences." Favorite sentences are "Your wallet smelled like oranges" and "The whale tells me he has only so many sentences before his death. I tell him I'll knit a bigger blanket."
Short and delicious
good real good
<3 Really Important Sentences <3 Messengers