Well, looky what landed in the bookroom today: galleys of the James Franco collection. It’s called Palo Alto and has, like every other book published in the past year, a Gary Shteyngart blurb. (“This is a book to be inhaled more than once.”) Scribner’s calling it “fiercely vivid,” but because one should not trust publicity materials, I’m going to open this up for debate. Below are some first lines from selected stories. Whoever comes up with the best “adverb adjective” descriptive phrase in the comments wins my admiration.
From “Halloween”: Ten years ago, my sophomore year in high school, I killed a woman on Halloween.
From “Camp”: We all went to the camp.
From “April in Three Parts”: I was driving Fred home from art class.
From “Emily”: He was so cute.
and, in conclusion, from “Jack-O’”: I sit in the driver’s seat of my grandfather’s old DeVille.