M.T. Anderson, “Feed”

In the not-so-distant future, everybody’s hooked up to the feed—like internet 4.0 incorporated directly into your brain and navigated with your thoughts. Everything’s possible: anything you dream of can be delivered to your house within minutes, trips to the moon are commonplace, mind-to-mind chatting replaces direct conversation. A teenage boy starts to question America’s instant […]


Steve Martin, “Shopgirl”

I love Steve Martin. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2000, 144 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 9.29.08 Date finished: 10.3.08 What I liked: In this story of a shy glove saleswoman, her slacker friend with benefits and her older admirer, Martin acts as an omnipotent narrator, describing their lives in detail without ego or judgment. What […]


Jay McInerny, “Bright Lights, Big City”

Even more Bret Easton Ellis-y than Bret Easton Ellis. THE LOWDOWN Published: 1984, 208 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 8.18.08 Date finished: 8.21.08 What I liked: It’s like “Catcher in the Rye,” if Holden Caulfield worked at The New Yorker and did lots of coke. Good use of the second person, too. What I […]