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Quoting from Ben Payne's review in Orb #6 of the anthology Agog! Smashing Stories:

"Thematically, the overall impression of this third Agog collection is a somewhat bleak one--there is a recurring sense of dislocation among the stories here, of protagonists not quite in synch with the worlds they inhabit; and a sense of pessimism seems to underscore a large number of the tales...

The best stories for me were the ones which gave the above-mentioned pessimism and dislocation the sharpest focus, either through tight, well-characterised relationship studies... or through vicious and powerful comedy--as in Ben Peek's witty rebuttal of censorship in R".

it's funny how i made that all look like it was about me, didn't i? i admit to being entirely self serving, as it is my livejournal, and the review is quite large. in addition to this, a few weeks ago i also got a mention in the australian by terry dowling for my piece in anthology Forever Shores which went "Other highlights include stories by Margo Lanagan, Marianne de Pierres and Ben Peek."

which is all good.

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switchknitter
Jul. 6th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
You rock.
benpeek
Jul. 6th, 2004 11:53 pm (UTC)
yeah, but only small venues where most people are drinking coffee and ignoring me :)
ashamel
Jul. 7th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
Good review.

I know Cat was rather upset (well, at least a little) when it was pointed out how downright depressing and nihalistic the first Agog! is.
benpeek
Jul. 7th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
haven't they gotten more depressing and nihilistic as they've gone along? i know my bit in the third one is much more nasty than the first one.

(at conflux i had a very nice lady come up and tell me how much she liked my story in the first one. told me it was her favourite. i was telling cat later, and we both agreed that she would probably hate the one i had in there this time.)
bodhichitta0
Jul. 7th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
Hurray for good reviews, whatever the venue! I have to say from what I have read of your journal, you do in fact have a "vicious and powerful comedy" and "witty rebuttal" skills!

Is it okay if I add you to my friend list so I can just click on your name to come here? And feel free to add me, if you would like. Though mostly in my journal I talk about girl stuff, home improvement, rants about agents who reject me and books I am reading.
benpeek
Jul. 7th, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC)
yeah, feel free to add. anyone can. i was wondering why you hadn't done it earlier, and just figured you had a friendslist journal.
ceret
Jul. 7th, 2004 08:37 pm (UTC)
I have to confess I always get Ben Payne and you halfway confused. I'm still yet to see the pair of you in a room at the same time.

Congrats!!!!!
benpeek
Jul. 7th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
a lot of people do get me and payne confused, though once you see us together, you'll find yourself laughing at it. but it's the names--so similar, so different. (and the fact that he's doing a phd in queensland about theatre, maybe.) in conflux, that canberra con a few months ago, i had an editor come up and start telling me how much she loved one of my stories that had been submitted to her. she was a little drunk, and i wasn't, so it quickly became apparent to me that she wasn't talking about one of my stories. not even close, actually.

turns out it was one of payne's, and she had moral objections to mine.

and once, i was listed as the editor of potato monkey, payne's mag he puts out.

but he's a cool guy. very literate and funny and laid back.
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