Mixing Tracks (2020)

Mixing Tracks Jan Steckel Mixing Tracks Winner of the Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Award A darkly comic and oddly touching story of sex drugs rock and roll and a plane crash that crushes human bodies while leaving the mandolins u
  • Title: Mixing Tracks
  • Author: Jan Steckel
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
Mixing Tracks Jan Steckel Winner of the 2008 Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Award A darkly comic and oddly touching story of sex, drugs, rock and roll, and a plane crash that crushes human bodies while leaving the mandolins unharmed In Mixing Tracks, Jan Steckel strikes an unsettling balance between the consolations of memory, the thrilling ephemerality of youthful ambition, and our shared neeWinner of the 2008 Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Award A darkly comic and oddly touching story of sex, drugs, rock and roll, and a plane crash that crushes human bodies while leaving the mandolins unharmed In Mixing Tracks, Jan Steckel strikes an unsettling balance between the consolations of memory, the thrilling ephemerality of youthful ambition, and our shared need for connection, even or especially when our world seems to have to come to its end.
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  1. Jan

    I m totally biased I wrote this 5,000 word story for an undergraduate fiction writing class taught by Jonathan Strong While Jonathan seemed to like it, my colleagues told me that the story was bizarre or over the top, and that I had no business writing a first person story from a male point of view that was really pretty gay I think what actually made everyone uncomfortable, though, was the shadow of ephebephilia.A quarter of a century later, guest editor Peggy Munson chose Mixing Tracks for pub [...]

  2. Julene

    This Gertrude Press 2009 Fiction Award winner is a small chapbook, 22 pages, first published in 2007 in another journal It opens with the main character, Cam for Cameron Gray, remembering his band buddies after a plane crash Turns out there is one other survivor, Michael It is the story of their meeting.The author layers music into the story, which acts as metaphor one paragraph both symbolizes their relationship and foreshadows the ending, Michael lifted the harmonica to his mouth again He star [...]

  3. Phillip

    This is what I was hoping for when I gathered the work of Jan Steckel I am a Thomas Pynchon fan and some of Steckel s poetry that I read on line caused me to think maybe she would be like Pynchon By that I refer to story with his irreverent and outrageous songs Steckel s poetry that I read is outrageous and counterculture.This book is a very nice taste of narrative I hope she keeps writing and that the reading public will be able to see a collection of short stories or a novel at some point My h [...]

  4. Matt Jasper

    A dreamy post plane wreck tale of perfect pitch and forbidden love that ends with one of the interesting renunciations of society that I ve read The seamless stitching that links present with past reminds me a bit of Murakami The story moves like an Edgar Rice Burroughs joint a desperate wilderness situation requiring practical steps, odd flashes of the past lighting up the present The music is mostly in the past yet is made quite present in the flashbacks where the intimacy of the band members [...]

  5. Debby

    What Jan Steckel does with her writing is genius In Mixing Tracks, the reader instantly can see why Jan s work is so celebrated She expertly creates complex characters, and weaves them into a layered plot that s a quick read, and impossible to put down Not only is Jan a masterful writer, and adept at creating characters with subtlety and passion, but she also demonstrates a wide knowledge of music in this well researched story.Mixing tracks may be a story about people who are gay, but because th [...]

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