“Without a stylish herd in which to camouflage his weak links, he dressed like his manga heroes might have dressed [...] which is to say, dorkily.”
-from Dennis Cooper’s new novel, The Marbled Swarm. I’m about a third of the way into it, and it is a pretty serious departure from what I usually think of when I think of Dennis Cooper; the narrator is loquacious and I don’t think particularly trustworthy, whereas usually his narrators are too dazed for guile. There’s still semiconsensual underage gay sex and murder and stuff though. I’ll keep you posted.
I don’t really have a point to make about it, but one interesting thing is that, since Harper started publishing his stuff a few books back, I can’t decide whether the content feels more or less subversive than it did when it was wrapped in beat up old eighties and nineties covers. Like, this one, and Ugly Man, and… uh, that other one, with the bear on it (which was mostly made up of stuff that was in that English collection of essays and interviews, the name of which I don’t remember either, but which I already had because I am totally cool wrt books), they look pretty much cute. That is weird and also okay but let’s be real, weird. I’m for it.
The promo sheet that came with it also said he’s talking about only doing one more novel and then not writing fiction any more. I was like, “Alex, maybe I will interview him for Pretty Queer!” and she was like, “haha, yeah!” I didn’t understand her response until I remembered that I have only posted made-up interviews there. I would interview Dennis Cooper for real though! I’d be like “what is your favorite kind of cookie” and stuff.