Imagine this: you are with your closest friends, those with whom you can make any kind of joke without fear of them scampering toward the nearest exit. Perhaps you are very drunk, or maybe your face is melting off from magic mushrooms, or maybe you are just with the kind of friends who bring this kind of thing out of you naturally.
Think of some of the really bizarre content that has come up in situations like this.
Arthur Bradford, I suspect, brainstorms this way. While most of us would laugh and laugh at the absurdity of an idea before casting it away unto a pile of Things We Should Never Let Our [Boss, Grandmother, Children, Neighbors, Etc] Know We Ever Thought About Let Alone Said Out Loud To Other People, Arthur Bradford writes about them.
In Dogwalker, we follow a flawed but honest narrator through a series of stories that get progressively more bold in their weirdness. When I loaned it to a co-worker, he opened it to one of these later stories and raised his eyebrows. “No, no,” I laughed, “I know, I know, but he earns it.” I’m going to be cryptic about the subject matter because he’ll earn it in those first pages with you, too.
It is rare that a book makes me smile so much, that stories keep me chuckling far after the punchlines have been delivered. It makes me want to have Arthur Bradford over for dinner, it makes me want to buy everything he’s published; mostly, it makes me want to sit back and watch your facial expression while you read it.
Buy Dogwalker here.
Arthur Houston Bradford (born November 19, 1969 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine) is an American writer and filmmaker. He has published two books of short stories, Dogwalker and Turtleface and Beyond and a children's book, Benny's Brigade. He has directed several films, most notably the How's Your News? documentary series, and the Emmy-nominated film 6 Days to Air.
Reviewed by Brandi Dawn Cornelius.