Questionstruck, by William Walsh
A Collection of Question-Based Texts Derived from the Books of Calvin Trillin
About this Book
Questionstruck traces the line of questioning throughout Calvin Trillin’s twenty-five books, compiling all of Trillin’s interrogatives—the rhetorical, the political, and the victual—into one dizzying collection.
Echoing Trillin’s food and travel books, his reports in The New Yorker, and his political verse in The Nation, Questionstruck is an inventive and experimental text that begs to be defined.
Portions of Questionstruck have appeared recently in a number of literary journals, including Caketrain, Exquisite Corpse, 5_Trope, Fringe, Pequin, Word Riot, and Elimae.
“Master recontextualizer William Walsh has pulled off an unlikely feat: he didn’t write a word of this book, and yet its twisted pleasures couldn’t possibly belong to anyone else. He has managed to transform the collected works of Calvin Trillin into some kind of whacked-out koan, a strangely compelling harangue that will leave you dumbstruck.”
-J. Robert Lennon, author of Mailman and The Funnies
“In law isn’t the Interrogative a tool wielded by lawyers to ensnare a defendant? But in Questionstruck isn’t the interrogative the best defense against any law whatsoever? Are a hoard of unruly questions sequestered from their statements are turning state’s evidence in these pages? Are they giving up everything, including their articulator, escaping into the culture stripped of ownership? Might these questions be our own? Are we not as likely to own them as anyone? Isn’t it amazing what a few questions from nowhere can answer about their author, their culture, their generation, and their world?”
-Bill Lavender, author of I of the Storm and editor of Another South: Experimental Writing in the South
“(Mr. Walsh, ) are you ready for the big question? Why are you talking this way? Didn’t you promise Mommy you’d quit answering questions with questions? Do you know what you’ve done? Do you really know what you’ve done? See how boring straight answers are now? Do you realize what this could mean? Can you imagine? Connective tissue of our society? How about risotto? That’s O.K., except now where’s the Devil supposed to live? What do you mean—you hope so? What’s your secret? You’re not, for some reason, holding a tiny dagger in your mouth, are you?”
-Eric Melbye, PhD, author of Tru and editor of Segue (all comments derived from Questionstruck)