Strange Medicine by Mike Russell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the author’s sophomore collection, following the highly enjoyable and equally absurdist Nothing Is Strange. Like its predecessor, “[t]his collection of absurdist vignettes follows in the footsteps of James Thurber, Bohumil Hrabal, and Donald Barthelme in offering social commentary on the modern human condition while riding the line between allegory and surrealism.”
If anything, this collection is tighter in its voice and subject matter. It’s equal parts “Man vs the Universe” and “Relationships between People.” Indeed, one vignette is titled “Dr. Dennis and the Universe” which contains perhaps the most quotable one-line of the entire collection with the thrice-repeated:
Sometimes the suffering of one individual is so great that it renders unjustifiable any purpose that the universe could possibly have.
Grief has never been better summarized.
Another tale seems to poignantly comment on today’s current…
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