Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, “The New York Four”

By the dude who did "DMZ" and from the DC imprint Minx. A shy girl starts college in Manhattan and balances having friends for the first time with a txt-based relationship. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2008, 176 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 12.29.08 Date finished: 12.29.08 What I liked: I am all about Minx. Good… Continue reading Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, “The New York Four”

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… Continue reading M.T. Anderson, “Feed”

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… Continue reading Steve Martin, “Shopgirl”

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… Continue reading Jay McInerny, “Bright Lights, Big City”

David Sedaris, “Me Talk Pretty One Day”

Reread this—it appeared in my list from the first year I started keeping track. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2000, 272 pp. Obtained via: My bookshelf Date started: 7.26.08 Date finished: 8.1.08 What I liked: Pretty much everything! It's also a lot funnier if you imagine him reading it in his nasally voice. What I didn't like:… Continue reading David Sedaris, “Me Talk Pretty One Day”