- Title: So Different Now
- Author: Ben Tanzer
- ISBN: null
- Page: 201
- Format: ebook
In 2008, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography was proud to kick off its new publishing program with the release of Ben Tanzer s Repetition Patterns, dark stories about childhood and twentysomething repercussions all set in a small town in upstate New York similar to the one where Tanzer grew up and now CCLaP is equally proud to release part two of this storyIn 2008, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography was proud to kick off its new publishing program with the release of Ben Tanzer s Repetition Patterns, dark stories about childhood and twentysomething repercussions all set in a small town in upstate New York similar to the one where Tanzer grew up and now CCLaP is equally proud to release part two of this story cycle, entitled So Different Now Set in the same town where Repetition Patterns takes place, and sometimes featuring even the same characters from the first book, these stories instead mostly concern themselves with the issues facing these people as they enter middle age, taking Tanzer s astute use of popular culture and his fondness for black plotlines to deliver a stunning meditation on aging, maturing, and the struggle to do the right thing in the face of sometimes not understanding what that even is Sure to both delight and horrify in equal measures, these interconnected short pieces nearly all of them originally published in various literary magazines in the three years leading up to this collection easily have the capacity of getting under your skin in a deep and profound way, and you are guaranteed to remember their exquisite language and ambiguous morality for a long time to come Download it for free at cclapcenter different.
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Again Tanzer makes me nostalgic for a past that isn't mine while putting me in a present I'm not sure I want to be in, yet greedily don't want to look away from. I can't believe I missed that this was out there, only realizing there was a second volume when "After the Flood" dropped recently. I grabbed this one as soon as I realized, and "After the Flood" as well. And these stories only whet my appetite more for "After the Flood." They make me feel raw, not in execution (because they are definit [...]
Tanzer has a way of describing innocent sexual tension like nobody I've ever read. If this were an autobiography, I would think of Tanzer as a guy who has a lot of female friends, is physically attracted to them, but must maintain that he is not in order to keep his marriage together.For the record, as far as I know, this is not an autobiographical collection.
Opened up his book, So Different Now, last night and it was finished an hour after I woke up this morning. When I first started reading this short story book, I thought that the stories sounded familiar, because a lot of them are focused around the locations and subject material from the earlier reviewed book, My Fathers House, then I read further.This isn't a short story book, or even a linked story book, per se, it's a book about a bar named, Thirsty's. It's about seeing little vignettes of ou [...]
I recently finished this one over a couple of cold beers at Thirsty's. While most (all?) of these stories are included in New York Stories, I enjoyed revisiting them again in the stand alone So Different Now format. A great place to start with Tanzer's work and a necessary stop for the Tanzer completists.
Stories range from good to exceptional. SO DIFFERENT NOW, STEVEY, COOL,NOT REMOVED and GODDESS are amazing material. I've reviewed Ben Tanzer before, but this material is in a whole different league. It has staying power and not unlike Haruki Murakami, Ben Tanzer is about to outline these difficult and haunting feelings of our formative year. This is beautiful, literature at its best.
If I had to sum it up in one word: real. But I have a full review up on Curbside Splendor Publishing's blog here: curbsidesplendor/curbs
It changed my life.
MY SUMMER OF TANZER. Ok so I loved these. Ok so you prolly already knew that. What I love so much about Ben's writing = the *almosts.* People almost kiss, things almost happene narrators think about how their lives would be different if the almost had happenedif things were different. The stories feel bigger than they are. Ben's endings are sublime, his endings are just so perfect & beautiful. I loved the ending of the story "So Different Now" (& the whole story). I loved the ending of " [...]
Here's another Ben Tanzer story collection, apparently there's suppose to be a third, I think, I don't know. It's the same thing like Repetition Patterns, but I think it's a lot better than the previous one.So again, this will be another short review since the stories are short. Again Ben Tanzer's writing is very readable and it's hard to put down, I literally finished this last night, well actually it was 1:00AM, but I finished it, and the stories were so sad and raw. It doesn't really focus to [...]
Ben Tanzer is one of the most efficient writers working. This is an excellent collection filled with Tanzer's wham/bam (I hope)/thank you ma'm (anyway) themed stories. You read Ben and watch the wonderous variations he works on this subject and laugh at the surprising situations his characters get in: like the guy who goes to the drive-in movie theater in his buddy's trunk stuck in there with the girl of his dreams. There are also poignant stories about sons and fathers (another familiar Tanzeri [...]
Another solid collection of Binghamton stories, as teenagers move into adulthood yet never quite leave their high school years behind.
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