Marsupial: Our Mother for the Time Being

Marsupial Our Mother for the Time Being Fiction Derek White s latest novel is called MARSUPIAL OUR MOTHER FOR THE TIME BEING The meta novel is or less told from the perspective of a young Southern boy who shows up in Paris in order to be a

  • Title: Marsupial: Our Mother for the Time Being
  • Author: Derek White
  • ISBN: 9780979808043
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fiction Derek White s latest novel is called MARSUPIAL OUR MOTHER FOR THE TIME BEING The meta novel is or less told from the perspective of a young Southern boy who shows up in Paris in order to be a stand in for his brother in a pretentious low rent scifi B movie about junkies addicted to bug juice Slipping in and out of bodies, names, and identities, the narrFiction Derek White s latest novel is called MARSUPIAL OUR MOTHER FOR THE TIME BEING The meta novel is or less told from the perspective of a young Southern boy who shows up in Paris in order to be a stand in for his brother in a pretentious low rent scifi B movie about junkies addicted to bug juice Slipping in and out of bodies, names, and identities, the narrator is hardly reliable He may be dreaming he may be a figment of his brother s imagination This instability is mirrored in the episodic structure of the book, as we pass, quick cut style, back and forth through a number of narrative frames childhood memoir, dream sequences, dictionary definitions, screenplay, film shoot, forensic documents, erotic fantasies These are presented in different typefaces and genres of documents, and are interspersed with lots of White s gnarly and evocative dada punk collages Erik Davis.

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    About "Derek White"

    1. Derek White

      I run a press called Calamari Archive.I edit a lit mag called Sleepingfish.I blog at 5cense.

    534 thoughts on “Marsupial: Our Mother for the Time Being”

    1. Like all of the books put out by Calamari Press this book is beautiful. Sitting on a table for sale at a book fair it calls out to be bought. The layout and design are great with a zine kind of DIY quality. That said, I don't know what to think of the book itself. It's kind of like reading a trainwreck, parts of the book collide with one another, every time that I thought I kind of had a footing with the book the text buckled under me and left me without much of a point of reference to hold on t [...]


    2. This novel is a mutation of everything seemingly normal. Told through traditional and non-traditional narratives, Marsupial explores the schizophrenic world of B-movies, Parisian culture, language barriers, identity and aquatic biology, amongst much more. An often hilarious ride where time is ambiguous, the singular person becomes the plural and nothing is ever as it seems. Crawdads become indistinguishable from people. Mud, death and cameras shape the consciousness of young "brothers." This boo [...]


    3. though elsewhere dubbed aptly the first lynchian novel, MARSUPIAL reminded me most often of cronenberg's NAKED LUNCH, where an unflappable main character nods straight-faced through a bizarre and constantly morphing scenery. witty and--due to its sense of nostalgia for a just-left dream or a long-left city--oddly melancholic. a relatively simple story line anchors the book: a young man comes to Paris to work as a stand-in for his actor-brother during an arty-ish B-movie shoot. on top of that sim [...]


    4. To parrot every other review: think one part Lynch's Inland Empire, one part Cronenberg's Naked Lunch--in literary form.As a story, I could take or leave this book, but as an experience, it was pretty refreshing--much like my first experience with Ben Marcus. It invites a very different type of reading than we're accustomed to, a reading that requires the brain to just sort of "cruise along," (much like Peter Weller's deadpan protagonist in Naked Lunch, actually) rather than piece everything tog [...]


    5. I am ever so thankful for my wonderful creative writing teacher who assigned this book for his class. Marsupial is so many different stories contained in one novel (i.e it will be read differently by everyone who approaches it). White is brilliant at ensnaring his reader onto the set of Crawdaddy-O. Much like the lines of what constitutes reality are blurred within the novel, so are the ties between character and reader. A post-modernist surreal romp down the rabbit hole, and I loved every secon [...]



    6. Many works thread through the delicate fringe between the arts and the mind. Derek White’s Marsupial is no exception to this rule; creating an enchanting mental collage through fragments of newspapers, dictionary definitions, juxtaposed visual art, scripts and a meta-literary stream-of-consciousness narration.With intricately developed characters, we begin with our most familiar character being Stu, a young southern boy that had gone to Paris to double in for his actor brother on CrawDaddy-O, [...]



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