William H. Gass wrote books that were saturated with signs. Even the one-word sentences, and he wrote a lot of them, seem charged with stylistic and rhetorical shaping. It was arguably overloaded and overlabored. But man, what a powerful voice. Talk about the anxiety of influence: Gass was to me as Faulkner was to Gass. Only now that he is gone, to become a ghost who can truly … [Read more...]
About Alex Lanz
Alex Lanz grew up in a suburb in Oregon and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. His essays have appeared in the Atticus Review, Entropy, and other venues. His website is secondslope.wordpress.com.