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Monday, July 7, 2008

Thomas M. Disch

posted by on July 7 at 10:34 AM

Dead, apparently by suicide, on the 4th of July.

I was going to do a phone interview with him later this month for his newest book, The Word of God. It’s not so much a novel as a collection of short stories, with commentary by Disch, who, in the book, claimed to be God. I was looking forward to talking with him.

Disch wrote a lot of essays and poetry. On the Internet, he’s probably best known as a science-fiction author who wrote books like Camp Concentration. Philip K. Dick also, famously, tried to turn Disch in to the FBI for being un-American, but Disch remained a lifelong fan and early advocate of Dick’s work.

This is a real shame.

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Holy shit. His "Castle of Indolence" was one of the best books about poetry I've read. Really enjoyable. Like Randall Jarrell good. Dang.

Posted by MvB | July 7, 2008 10:44 AM

Oh, that's so SAD. I just opened a package from Amazon about 10 minutes ago with The Word of God in it. Now I'll be reading it in a totally different context.

Posted by PattiS | July 7, 2008 10:46 AM

A great writer, especially of short stories. Didn't he release a book (or booklet) with a CD by local band Bloodhag not too long ago?

Posted by Ramdu | July 7, 2008 11:06 AM

The book with Bloodhag is called Mecca Mettle. Beautiful little hardcover, limited to three hundred copies.

Posted by the shelver | July 7, 2008 12:26 PM

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