Tonight on Bibliocracy Radio, 8 PM on KPFK in Southern California:
. RYAN RIDGE
My guest tonight writes in the language of American idiomatic self-awareness, collective self-disregard, wry and hilarious and mean jokery and yet a genuinely innovative reimagining of language as a possibility for showing off (!) all kinds of intended and unintended moments and scenes of reflection. His writing is short, and yet deep, fragmented but evoking so much of the merciless critique of our wacky, maudlin republic.
reminds this reader of Donald
Barthelme in his wit and line, and of Terry Southern in his premise and social
critique. Ridge has been published
widely in literary magazines and is the author of a previous chapbook with the
perfectly deadpan title, Hey, It’s Ryan Ridge and a new
collection called 22nd Century Man as well as an earlier book of short
stories together with a novella called Hunters and Gamblers. I reviewed it, or rather celebrated it, over
at OC Bookly, if you need more
convincing. America Ryan
Ridge is a graduate of the UC Irvine
MFA in Creative Writing and has a new novel forthcoming from the . See his excellent website for more: http://www.ryanridge.com/ University of Michigan Press
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