Brian Evenson (born August 12, ) is an American academic and writer of both literary As a young man, Brian Evenson served a two-year mission for The Church of In , he received an O. Henry Award for his story “Two Brothers”. #92 Two Brothers- Brian Evenson. Daddy Norton has fallen and broken his leg. He refuses to let his sons leave the house for help. He believes. Brian Evenson’s work can be unpredictable, confronting the reader with what can Evenson has received an O. Henry award for his story “Two Brothers” and an.

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I have certain strategies involved with trying to slightly defamiliarize English.

Short Fiction Daily: Brian Evenson and Creepiness

Achieving such a style is, I think, is a worthy goal for any writer. As I recollected the story, I kind of felt like Aurel, like someone had leaned me against the house and I was watching this all, replaying it in my mind. Evenson layers these things in such a way to not make them lame or too critical, but rather perfectly shocking and impactful.

Veenson Death and A Circular Desert and something called The Mario Lanza Experience are all novels that I have complete drafts of but which I’ve never been completely satisfied with. I don’t think it’ll ever see the light of day, in any form.

What gives you that stylistic range? Some of my later work has continued to explore violence, bgothers often in different ways, introducing affect and emotional content or exploring different sorts of combinations and the intensities to which they lead. Same, I think, is true of Jim Thompson, who does some things stylistically that I think are incredibly revolutionary.

I do think there’s often a tension and an exchange between humor and darkness, but in my past work the violence has generally been dominant. As a reader, I’m interested in style as much as in content, in the way a story is narrated as much as what’s actually said.


I think I’ve managed to reprogram my thinking enough that now certain tonal things seem to happen organically. As a writer, I’d like to think that what I’m created has a certain authority and expresses a eenson voice, that I’m offering something up to the reader that he or she isn’t likely to encounter elsewhere, and that this something is twwo simply the content but a way of handle that content.

Rbothers am interested, as a reader, in people like Dashell Hammett who, at his best, is quite literary — he’s bashing around in noir before the genre was formalized and as a result does some very surprising things.

Some of these occur very consciously, others happen organically and then are perfected. Nabokov, whose prose is much more deliberately fussy, has a similar extraordinary signature.

A lot of those words probably appear in the Oxford English Dictionary, but some only exist in some rare text in some obscure library, and some are words that existed but were only used once or twice, but I’ve transformed them from verbs to modifiers or nouns to verbs.

I kind of felt like this twoo after each section of this book. There’s something about that novel, which takes place in an imaginary Saharan country inspired perhaps a little too much by Roussel’s Africa, that I still like.

Is that the nature of the industry?

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Views Read Edit View history. The Mario Lanza Experience is based on the father of a friend of mine whose obsession with the singer Mario Lanza ruined his life: I’m very committed to the short story as a form.

He has also written non-fiction, and translated several books by French-language writers into English. Posted by Tyler Gobble at 2: The Open Curtainwhich is the longest thing I’ve ever written, I think of as a series of three novellas, so each section has that tightness and crispness, but then it has the larger scope and the sections have the larger interconnections of a novel.


I’m fairly aware of philosophy and especially interested in questions of epistemology, particularly theories that suggest the impossibility of knowing.

For instance, a story I finished recently called “90 over 90,” about vrothers editor struggling in the publishing industry, has a humor that’s largely satirical and parodic and contains only the darkness naturally found in the publishing industry.

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I started making lists of words that had fallen out of the language, and then began wondering about why the words brkan died. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat The objections to the book were framed in terms of the book’s violence and immorality, but I think what people were really objected to was the ethical blankness of the book, the narrative’s refusal to make any kind of judgment whatsoever on the actions therein, and the way this refusal is replicated in the non-reactions of the characters themselves both to the violence around them and to the acts they themselves are committing.

Brian Evenson’s Two Brothers.

Nonetheless, Evenson has asserted that he maintains a measure of respect for devout believers in the LDS Church and does not intend to casually offend or provoke them. I talk about that in an afterword the paperback version of Altmann’s Tongue — it was very difficult, and ultimately precipitated the collapse of my marriage.

The reason we use modifiers like Beckettian and Nabokovian to describe the writing of others is that they use a particular style in such a way that it seems like it has come to belong only to them. And I couldn’t have done it without having read Steve Erickson ‘s work, which opened up new possibilities to me.

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