I've followed Alex M. Pruteanu for a couple years now? Alex consistently bangs out bits of short flash that immediately rip and plunk the reader into another mindset, another scene. He writes the common line of the too self aware: being the banality of both hope and despair. Capturing such inversion isn't an easy feat in writing. To break it down and bleed it out is an entirely brittle process and Alex has mastered such constructive nihilism with "Short Lean Cuts".
"It has nothing to do with
altruism, this record I'm leaving here. Nothing has anything to do with
unselfish regard or devotion to others. the key to salvation is how much
attention you get. You realize that if there'd been a low turnout at
the crucifixion, they'd have rescheduled. You realize that if Jesus
Christ had died in a hole, or some shit prison with no witnesses or no
one there to mourn or torture Him, we wouldn't be saved."
See, that's the kind of mind blow i read for. Exactly that.
And funny, of course. One should always lol while reading a man who's 'breaking down'.
Example - one of my favorite lines (ever):
"I'm too fat for this kind of jihad"
I mean, that should be like america's collective fb status - eternally.
thing that "Short Lean Cuts" displays so effectively is the one truth
people mostly can't stand to recognize. I won't specify, because truth
is subjective and there's yer trouble. huh? Whatever no one ever gets
I found each chapter to be a standalone layer. I was a little
pissed when it ended. I wanted more, it felt abrupt but surely that was
the intention. I read it twice and will surely read it again. Yes - it
is that entertaining, I partake in no literary circle jerks. It's hard
to find something on the internets worth reading more than once.
“Short Lean Cuts,” available as an e-book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Paperback is now available from Amazon Publishers.