“Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World — the first of a trilogy that also includes The Hundred Brothers and The Verificationist – hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. In this grim and comic novel, the titular Robinson, an educator and pillar of his Florida community, narrates his descent into a madness even nastier than the one gripping his compatriots.”
Our own Lydia Kiesling, on Donald Antrim, genius, and the joy of discovery.
Have you ever noticed?—people, no matter how beautiful or desirable, invariably will, if observed closely while going about their daily business of keeping alive, begin to seem like monsters.
Donald Antrim, The Verificationist
Obviously this is great, and it out of nowhere reminded me of Angela Chase: “I mean if you stop to think about chewing, like what it really is, how people just do it, like, in public?” (1:07 on the link)
TB Your books are very, very funny. Why?
DA The books are constructed of interlocking set pieces, and the set pieces are often defined by particular moments of physical violence or self-abasement, a rise and fall of pain and suffering. What could be funnier than that?
Antrim’s three novels have all recently been reissued. Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World will be available June 5th.
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