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Most of the pieces in Rain After Midnight can be thought of as filmic, as “long story short.” The shortness of the form works, like the compression required in a good poem.
There are four distinct groupings or sets of stories: One set has to do with film, cinema, movies; a second springs from thinking about writing, what is involved; pieces connected with England make a third grouping; and the fourth is the past, that great well.
As the French film director Godard said, when a reporter asked him if he thought that a film should have a beginning, middle and end, “Yes. But not necessarily in that order.”
“Don Skiles’ collection of short fiction, Rain After Midnight, ranges broadly across time and place to give us flashes of a life lived in different landscapes—England, western Pennsylvania, San Francisco—all the while offering us aperçus about literature and culture, memory and youth, until word by word, sentence by sentence, the collection becomes nothing less than a vital history of how a self is made, a vade mecum of how a writer comes to be.”Gregory Djanikian
“Don Skiles is one of my favorite writers, and I love these funny, poignant, absurd and beautiful stories. I wouldn’t be surprised if a little bit of Richard Brautigan lurks in the DNA of this collection.”Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen
“Don Skiles’ imaginative and thoughtful ruminations on urban pasts and present day complications fulfills Jack Kerouac’s prescription for “literature as companionship,” leaving you exhilarated and filled with the recognition that we’re all in this together. A great book by one of my favorite writers.”Peter Case, musician and songwriter
Don Skiles is the author of Miss America and Other Stories, The James Dean Jacket Story, and the novel Football. His work has appeared recently in Quaartsiluni, Snowmonkey, Silenced Press, Over the Transom, MungBeing, and Chicago Quarterly Review.
His poetry appears in three books from Viking Dog Press/Conehenge Studios (with the work of painter Claribel Cone): 18 Views of San Francisco, Sono Choushi! and Blue Rhapsody.