NEVER STOP by Jess Taylor (Anstruther Press), reviewed by William Kemp for issue five of (parenthetical).
Jess Taylor’s NEVER STOP stops at some point, which is rather unfortunate for the reader. The collection is a weird break-neck exploration of neuroses and being scared and friendship and writing. Taylor uses the “I” speaker throughout the collection, and in the hands of a lesser writer, this would have been alienating. But her plainspoken and slightly off-kilter honesty draws the reader in. And the reader wants to know how these things shape her; how she shapes them back and how she copes. Taylor writes with a charming and off-beat brevity that demands the reader step back for a moment after barreling through never stop and re-read her words several times to appreciate just how much she says with so few words.
As the celebration of our first two years winds down (only three more posts left), we take a well-deserved look back at two (perhaps underrated) stories from July of this year: A Proper Burial — an incredibly sharp, entertaining and ill-fated story by Thomas Michael Duncan, and Anthill by Jess Taylor — an honest and simple story that looks at the complexity of relationships.
Check out them both again, or for the first time in ePub format.
Dragnet friend Jess Taylor has recently started up The Emerging Writers Reading Series, which is a platform for emerging writers to come and share their work with other creative and like minded individuals. The series has not yet started, so fear not, you haven’t missed anything yet. Jess is hoping for a March 2012 start date. “Like” the group on Facebook to keep up with all of the good things coming your way!