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From Jersey City to Istanbul: New Essays from Award-Winning Writer Vincent Czyz
“Vincent Czyz takes on some giants, including plot, Ikea, Ben Lerner, and A.S. Byatt. In the end, however, he’s less a fighter than a shrewd observer—even an enthusiastic and loyal fan. He champions and celebrates John Berger, Guy Davenport, William Gass, Marilynne Robinson, mom-and-pop businesses, and collage. Even his difficult father and Lucifer get treated fairly. He’s a terrific writer, and no matter where he stands, or where you stand, you will want to hear what he has to say.” —James Goodman author of , a Pulitzer Prize finalist
“I love this book. Czyz covers so much terrain; every sentence seems to contain its own universe. So many universes, and they all get along. And the undergirding, the intellectual and emotional depth, the lifetime of learning and experience, make it indestructible. It simply cannot not work. Czyz proves, beginning with his opening essay that poetry and prose not only can co-exist, but that they MUST. The book goes on to prove this in every way. All is exactly as it needs to be in THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF ORDER—and then some.” —Rob Cook, author of Last Window in the Punk Hotel
“Vincent Czyz, an acclaimed fiction writer, utilizes his ample critical toolkit to reveal the secret heart of books and authors he admires (and some with whom he takes issue), while also demonstrating his skills as an essayist and secular theologian. Even when I disagree with him I salute his acumen, his focus, and his deep engagement.” —John Keene, MacArthur fellow and author of Counternarratives
Literary Nonfiction. Essays.
Rain Mountain Press
Vincent Czyz is the author of ADRIFT IN A VANISHING CITY a collection of short fiction that was awarded the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Best in Small Press; The Christos Mosaic, a novel; and The Three Veils of Ibn Oraybi, a novella. He is the recipient of two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts, the W. Faulkner-W. Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction, and the Truman Capote Fellowship at Rutgers University. His work has appeared in many publications, including New England Review, Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Georgetown Review, Tin House, Tampa Review, Copper Nickel, Skidrow Penthouse, and Boston Review.