Another Ventriloquist by Adam Penn Gilders

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Adam Gilders died in 2007 of a brain tumour. The stories that have been gathered for this collection weren’t necessarily even finished, let alone written with the idea of being put together as a book. There are instances in Another Ventriloquist when it feels like you’ve been reading the same story over and over again...
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Adam Penn Gilders was a virtuoso of the deadpan prose miniature. He published his stories in Paris Review, The Walrus and J&L Illustrated, before passing away in 2007, at the age of 36, of a brain tumor. Another Ventriloquist collects Gilders' charming vignettes, which fall somewhere between Aesop's fable and bitch session: "My friend Geoffrey, to my constant dismay, seems compelled to enjoy life's little pleasures, such as coffee or perfectly cooked eggs, all at once, without delay or hesitation. With coffee, for example, which he particularly loves, he drains his cup with almost demented eagerness, often before his companions have taken a single sip. It was as though the best experiences, like hot liquids, were liable to evaporate if measured out in teaspoons. He had what I considered a 'Now or Never' attitude which made me want to proclaim 'Never!'" With this posthumous collection, Gilders bequeaths a gem of concision and wit.
 

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Published June 30, 2011 by J&L Books. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kyle Buckley on Jun 24 2011

Adam Gilders died in 2007 of a brain tumour. The stories that have been gathered for this collection weren’t necessarily even finished, let alone written with the idea of being put together as a book. There are instances in Another Ventriloquist when it feels like you’ve been reading the same story over and over again...

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