this is the ritual
Lilliput Press & Bloomsbury
Bracing and contrary and annoying and intellectually playful stuff here. It feels great to be able to pick up a book and say “not to everyone’s taste“. So many books bear the Nihil Obstat of palatability for the market.
This collection of short fiction has several biographies of (possibly) fictional writers, bits of possible autobiography where a disreputable character called Rob Doyle appears and fails, Ballard-style eidetic fictions that work like contact prints on your cortex, a meditation on how extreme pornography can get, and a piece on the author’s frenzied attempt to write a reassessment of Nietzsche.
And you’ll never ever have to listen to anyone say: “a lovely book by the lovely Rob Doyle.”