“….my first reaction, after a quick gobble first read, was a serious WHAT THE FUCK, followed by fear. My initial bite of this hot hoagie was by far the by-product of the wrong sitting position. Eel Mansions requires a different approach to eating. It’s not fast food, rather it is a ten-course feast to be consumed slowly, savoring each bite.
But let’s put this food metaphor aside and delve into the Experience of reading this book.
I’ve now read Eel Mansions five times and, with each subsequent read, have unearthed new subtleties, made new connections, and brought forth new questions. You are right, Giampaoli, that this book is indeed a descent. But on the way down, it jumps through all of these flaming hoops with such nonchalance that it takes a careful reader to even see the progression. It displaces you while carefully setting your piece on the board. It wraps itself in a thick layer of ink and then places itself under the tree, pulsating with potential energy, waiting for greedy hands to tear it open.”
Daniel Elkin quote from the roundtable review of my debut issue of Eel Mansions.
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