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Fiction. First published in 1991, and now issued in a second edition, comprising short short fictions most written in the Eighties, A MODERN WAY TO DIE by Peter Wortsman, "predates the in-vogue term flash fiction, but it's surely one of the cornerstones of the tradition," (according to short-form pioneer Peter Cherches). As Wortsman notes in the book's original foreword, these texts appeared "in the absence of big things to say... guided only by the precarious optimism of the pen." Conceived as a disjointed compendium of narrative treatments of life’s common denominator, death, the book's spare hit and run aesthetic gravitates from enhanced neon hyperrealist reportage to nightmare parable to plummet the surreal substrata of the American Dream.
Peter Wortsman is the author of A MODERN WAY TO DIE (Pelekinesis, 2019), STIMME UND ATEM/OUT OF BREATH, OUT OF MIND (PalmArtPress, 2019), FOOTPRINTS IN WET CEMENT (Pelekinesis, 2017), COLD EARTH WANDERDERS (Pelekinesis, 2014), Ghost Dance in Berlin, A Rhapsody in Gray (2013), and a 1991 edition of A MODERN WAY TO DIE. His travel writing has run in such major newspapers as The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and was included annually in The Best Travel Writing from 2008 to 2012 and again in 2016. Recipient of the 1985 Beard's Fund Short Story Award, the 2008 Geertje Potash-Suhr SCALG- Prosapreis, awarded by the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German, the 2012 Gold Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year in the Solas Awards Competition, and a 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award. He was a fellow of the Fulbright Foundation (1973), the Thomas J. Watson Foundation (1974), and a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin (2010).Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA