Dogwalker by Arthur Bradford
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Dogwalker may sound like a freakshow, but Bradford writes with such disarming sincerity that he comes much closer to identification than condescension. His pitch-perfect stories may not have the scope of self-important fiction, but they leave a singular mark all the same.
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Tender and satiric, hilarious and humane, Dogwalker plunks readers down in a land of misfits and the circumstantially strange–where one young man buys drugs from a dealer who locks his customers in a closet, while another lands a cat-faced circus freak for a roommate, and yet another must choose between his pregnant wife and the ten-pound slug he’s convinced will bring him a fortune. And throughout these stories moves a divinely inspired collection of dogs: three-legged, no-legged, dogs that sing, that talk, and that give birth to humans. Brilliant, perplexing, and moving, this is a daring debut that strolls along society’s fringes and unearths strange beauty among its misfits


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Arthur Bradford is an O. Henry Award winning writer and filmmaker. His writing has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, Vice, Zoetrope, Men's Journal, and many other publications. His first book, Dogwalker, was published by Knopf in 2001 and Vintage paperback in 2002. It has been translated into nine languages. Bradford is also the creator and director of the acclaimed "How's Your News?" documentary series, versions of which have been broadcast on HBO/Cinemax, PBS, and Channel Four England. Most recently Bradford developed the concept into a series for MTV which ran throughout 2009. He has also directed several shorts and music videos. Bradford lives in Portland, Oregon and serves as co-director of Camp Jabberwocky, the nation's longest running residential summer camp for people with disabilities.Lisa Hanawalt lives in Brooklyn and was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA. She got an art degree at UCLA in 2006. She has received multiple awards for her comic books (2009 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Mini-Comic and 2010 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic) and is pretty good at mimicking the sounds of animals. Clients and publications include: The NY Times, Chronicle Books, Vice Magazine, McSweeney's, The Believer, Arthur Magazine, Motion Theory, LA Weekly, and Teefury.
 
Published January 22, 2002 by Vintage. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Scott Tobias on Apr 19 2002

Dogwalker may sound like a freakshow, but Bradford writes with such disarming sincerity that he comes much closer to identification than condescension. His pitch-perfect stories may not have the scope of self-important fiction, but they leave a singular mark all the same.

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