In this episode I talk about Normally Special, the slim, smart, subtle, sexy story collection by xTx. It came out this month from the brand new Tiny Hardcore Press. You can check it out and pick up your own copy here.
Also, below, watch me read some stories from the book, and check out a list of my favorite sentences in each story of the collection.
0:28 The Importance of Folding Towels [p11]
3:18 Marci is Going to Shoot Up Meth With Her Friend [p26]
5:00 Standoff [p14]
FAVORITE SENTENCES FROM EACH STORY IN xTx’s NORMALLY SPECIAL
Instead, you kept on crying whenever you felt so lonely it made you want to swallow pills,cut yourself, say yes to boys.The Duty Mouths Bring
He has a face like a minefield.
Water Is Thrown On The Witch
When I see the clothes you’ve laid out for work, when I walk past the closet and I see them laid out on the bench in perfect top to bottom order, when I walk past fast and it catches my eye, my first thought is always – you melted.
The Importance of Folding Towels
I have graduated magna cum lazy from the University of Why Can’t You Do Anything Right.
I cannot risk him pulling away again; my heart has too many knives right now.
He’d always be the opposite of melted and I’d never feel like a princess.
Marci Is Going To Shoot Up Meth With Her friend
But I will keep trying because every wall in the world is waiting for the impact of my head.
She Who Subjected The Sun
I surrender my eyes to the sun, holding my breath as the burning blindness reaches its peak then retreats.
I will reach for them grabby and earnest, burying my face into them eating them, everywhere with my lips no longer virgin to their taste.
The Honking Was Deafening
She looked like a little girl dancing for her father.
Their Daughter Played With Boxes
New appliances are so exciting for at least three weeks.
The Mill Pond
On my way down I’d wonder if I would ever be found and how nice it would feel to be looked for.
Good Boy, Fritos
He would be almost chubby and I would pay him with hands in his hair.
A Brief History of Masturbation
I didn’t know why she was mad; but then I did and quickly pushed the brush into the crack of the couch cushions and pulled the afghan up to my neck feeling a new kind of bad I’d later recognize as shame.
All the lessons that were learned that night are remembered but not necessarily practiced.
She is a mom and I am not.
I Love My Dad. My Dad Loves Me.
It is difficult to masturbate about your father, but not impossible, as it turns out.
There was no mother in that house.
I thought about how crazy that lady looked with all of her out of control snot and tears and screaming.
An Unsteady Place
I can feel the house holding heavy, threatening to turn inside out.
Because Seven Ate Nine
David Bowie tongue-kissed the silence.
I Wish I Knew
I came out and saw them lying there in the dark and their legs were splayed like their arms were splayed like bird shit splatter across a store window but completely beautiful and easy to hurt, in that, I could do anything to them if I wanted to.
Things I Could Tell You
I will give the weary searchers fresh batteries for their flashlights and cold drinks when the sun beats them blind.
Because I Am Not A Monster
I know the trucks are filled with gas and I know their benches are worn with springs just beginning to poke through because each one of them holds the knowledge of the curve of my ass.