Knockout: Stories by John Jodzio

By John Jodzio

The paintings of John Jodzio has already made waves around the literary group. a few readers spotted his nimble mixing of humor with painful truths reminded them of George Saunders. His creativity and clean voice reminded others of Wells Tower's every little thing Ravaged, every little thing Burned. yet along with his new assortment, Jodzio creates a category of his own.

Knockout is the unified number of tales that create faultless graphics of deeply mistaken figures at the fringe of the yankee Dream. A improving drug addict will get tricked into stealing a tiger. a guy buys a used intercourse chair from his neighbor. a girl being affected by agoraphobia increases her son thoroughly interior. An alcoholic runs a mattress and breakfast with the son from his deceased wife's first marriage. those humans will admit that their percentages have handed them via. those humans understand they have been bornon the incorrect facet of the tracks, and their desires will stay unreachable, yet that doesn't cease them from dreaming. but readers won't be fooled by way of the humorous premises -Jodzio steers those tales into deeper locations, making a great exam of these at the fringes of contemporary life.

With its quirky humor, compelling characters, and unforeseen sincerity, Knockout through John Jodzio is poised to turn into his breakout publication, drawing a large readership to this provocative and proficient younger author.

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Knockout: Stories

The paintings of John Jodzio has already made waves around the literary neighborhood. a few readers spotted his nimble mixing of humor with painful truths reminded them of George Saunders. His creativity and clean voice reminded others of Wells Tower's every thing Ravaged, every little thing Burned. yet along with his new assortment, Jodzio creates a category of his personal.

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I offer him my hand; he does not take it. “I doubt you know me, Mr. Hyde. I am a writer, of tales. I wish to write of you—your duress: a serial for The London Magazine and, later, a novel. ” I ignore the silent probing gaze, the glint of teeth, the roaring in my ears issuing from 34 Love Among the Particles & Other Stories a rapidly accelerating heart. Opening my portmanteau, I show him a manuscript. ” He continues to regard me in silence. Suddenly, although his manner seems benevolent, I am afraid.

Where’s the harm? she says to herself. The Mummy’s Bitter and Melancholy Exile 57 The Mummy’s Dream The Mummy Plays the Piano The Mummy goes to a party on Fifth Avenue. He admires the bare shoulders of the women, who are moving searchingly— dreamily—from room to room. How bright their eyes, how musical their laughter! Their dusky shoulders are powdered with light. He admires also these men, who inhabit their evening clothes as if they wore no other. He feels graceless and unprepossessing in his, and leans on his stick as one would a prop to keep from falling—so heavy the weight of judgment in their eyes.

Not for refreshment does a mummy sleep, for refreshment is impossible, but to relieve awhile the tedium of incessant thought. He sits on the edge of the bed while shards of past and present circle his mind like pale vegetables in a soup stirred by a slow hand.  .  .  . an obelisk at Memphis in whose shadow the Mummy played with a leather ball . .  .  .  . Tey, the Mummy’s wife, whose face he can no longer recall except as a radiant haze.  . In the space between two knocks, he remembers his tomb and how he would rummage there among the tokens of his life: his sword and chariot, a gold cup and plate, a stuffed falcon and a mummified dog, a ball and stick, his library of papyrus scrolls, which he read by sunlight and moonlight entering through a shaft—alms scattered liberally by Ra and Thoth.

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