Moosehead Anthology #9: Career Suicide! Contemporary Literary Humour
Edited By Jon Paul Fiorentino
So, let me be unfunny for a moment. Reading this collection of Canadian writers, nearly all under 40, three things strike me most. One is that sexual explicitness appears, nowadays, to be almost exclusively the domain of women writers. (Eva Moran, Anne Stone.) Another is that poetry just isn’t as good a forum for humour as prose. Finally, it’s remarkable how thin the line between laughter and tears can be. Stories by Nathaniel G. Moore, Valerie Joy Kalynchuk, and Hal Niedzviecki, for all their pop culture savvy and deadpan slacker tone, seem to teeter on the brink of despair.
Elsewhere, Andy Brown’s “The Andy Brown Project,” consisting of potted biographies of other (presumably real-life) people named Andy Brown, is a great idea but would have to be much longer to be really, really funny. And Mark Paterson’s “Other People’s Showers Or: No Soap Radio” is so good it will make you want to lock him inside so he’ll finish his first novel faster. mRb