One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses
Lucy Corin’s dazzling collection is powered by one hundred apocalypses: a series of short stories, many only a few lines, that illuminate moments of vexation and crisis, revelations and revolutions. An apocalypse might come in the form of the end of a relationship or the end of the world, but what it exposes is the tricky landscape of our longing for a clean slate.
Three longer stories are equally visionary: in “Eyes of Dogs,” a soldier returns from war and encounters a witch who may in fact be his mother; “Madmen” describes an America where children who reach adolescence choose the madman who will accompany them into adulthood; in “Godzilla versus the Smog Monster,” a teenager is flustered by his older, wilder neighbor while California burns on the other side of the continent.
At once mournful and explosively energetic, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses makes manifest the troubled conscience of an uneasy time.
McSweeney’s thought of me for the pandemic and is doing another printing of One Hundred Apocalypses. That is some kind of sweet.
Relatedly, one of my favorite living writers, Deb Olin Unferth, recommended it among five favorites from the press.
Actress Kelley Ogden doing a really beautiful reading from Apocalypses at our local Stories on Stage. This is an actress who really understands the dynamics of writing for performance and writing for the page. I was delighted.
There are four apocalypses in this fashion magazine called Flaunt. They’re in the print edition of the Fabrication issue. Ander Monson also in this issue.
Weekly Rumpus apocalypses.
McSweeney’s is featuring an apocalypse a week on the Tendency. Very nice.
The American Academy Arts index includes a video of me reading four apocalypses in my studio.
Evan Karp reads some apocalypses . I love the innocence in his voice. And the sneeze.
Me reading a selection of apocalypses at the Make-Out Room to benefit VIDA, March 29, 2011 San Francisco. Includes “Cycle of Life,” “Barbarians at the Gate” and others.
“Miracles” @ Tin House
“Night and Day,” “Threat,” “Phone,” “Star Chart,” “July Fourth,” “Apocalypse,” and “Mirror” @ Pen America
“Witches,” “Boats,” and “Minions” @ Diagram
“Nostalgia,” “Eye Chart,” “Nice Day,” “Look Inside,” “Parable in Transatlantic,” and “Journalist” @ Devil’s Lake
“Vacation,” “Islands,” “Implosion,” “A More Practical Approach,” and “Fertile Crescent” @ Swink
“Space and Time” @ Wigleaf
“Metaphor,” “Recall,” “Three Sisters,” “The Cycle of Life,” “Dream Girl,” “Time Machine,” Graph,” “Jaguar,” and “What it Was Like Was” @ Caliban (leaf through or ask it to go to page 20)
“Baby,” a collaborative work in Tarpaulin Sky which I later turned into an apocalypse.