“I had a hard-on so big I thought it would pick me up and throw me out the window.”
–From Going Away, by Clancy Sigal.
This from Going Away, Clancy Sigal’s superb but mostly forgotten memoir/novel about a disenchanted fellow traveler zooming across America in a convertible red DeSoto (from Hollywood where he has worked as an agent), meeting fellow disaffected Commies en route: a sentence that does for male tumescence roughly what “In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it any more” does for armed combat: the sort of sentence that picks up this writer and makes him want to cheer.
John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.