A Book Review by
Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues (1979) by Ronald Sukenick is an innovative novel written in unpunctuated prose, and is symmetrical in design. Unpunctuated prose enhances the polysemantic play of meaning in language through the juxtaposition of words in a free syntax, so that subtle wordplay will give more nuances to the prose while creating a sense of continuity.
The Rival Tradition
Interviewed by JR Foley
Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art have influenced American novelists, and the prose style of Ronald Sukenick reminds me of the non-linear improvisation that is a rebellion against the formal logic of the realist tradition in fiction, with a free flowing line of prose that is phrased in a jazz style, creating a painterly description of the modern city, and a design for the novel that is innovative, with visual typographic design, and the spatial expansion technique which is a form of futuristic shatter.
David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. He is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He is the editor of Innovative Fiction Magazine and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.