Fiction. This collection of stories by Kurt Luchs pursues its comedic quarry with the ruthlessness of a pussycat trying to get out of a cardboard box. Luchs, who has written for august literary organs such as The Onion, The New Yorker, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and even been published by some of them, is an inspired comic writer in the tradition of P.J. Wodehouse, S.J. Perelman, and Woody Allen, for whom not only the world but language itself is a source of constant delight. Even the hilarity he generates is not an end in itself; the convulsing diaphragms of his laughing readers are in his hands a remotely operated musical instrument bridging the woodwind and percussion sections.
Kurt Luchs was born in Cheektowaga, New York, grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, and has lived and worked all over the United States. After years of writing humor for the New Yorker, the Onion and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others, he returned to his first love, poetry, like a wounded animal crawling into its burrow to die. His most recent work includes FALLING IN THE DIRECTION OF UP (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2021). In 2017 Sagging Meniscus Press published his humor collection, IT'S FUNNY UNTIL SOMEONE LOSSES AN EYE (THEN IT'S REALLY FUNNY), which has since become an international non-bestseller. In 2019 his poetry chapbook One of These Things Is Not Like the Other was published by Finishing Line Press, and he won the Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest, proving that dreams can still come true and clerical errors can still happen.Author City: RED WING, MN USA