A Van Full Of Girls by Michael MurrayA Van Full Of Girls by Michael Murray

A Van Full Of Girls

byMichael Murray

Paperback | June 15, 2016

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Have you ever been in a van full of girls? All the girls are alive and they're happy. You're all heading off to do something whimsical and flirty and maybe a little bit drunk. You're going to see a Beach Boys tribute band. You're going to the casino to bet it all on red. You're going to a séance that you just know is going to end in skinny-dipping. Something like that. A Van Full of Girls is a collection of short, dizzy, funny things. It's zippy and unpredictable, like a mongoose, but it's dead sexy. You will want to take Polaroids of each precious, little missive contained within and then tape each one to your fridge. You will want to give this book to somebody you need to love you.
Michael Murray currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife, son, and dog. He has an extensive, if flawed, wardrobe and is the coach of a floor hockey team called the Jesus Cobras. He won the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest and pines for the Montreal Expos. He works as a creative writer, commentator, blogger, and "journalist,"...
Title:A Van Full Of GirlsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2016Publisher:Insomniac PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554831687

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Michael Murray and the Tragicomedy of Self-Deprecation: Being a book report on A Van Full of Girls and its esteemed author I love Michael Murray. Love him as a man. Love him for the courage with which he writes, for his wicked tongue, for his keen intellect, for his willingness to show us aspects of the human condition we rarely see printed or digitized. That’s a lot of things to admire, I know, but read Murray’s new-ish (and first) book, A Van Full of Girls, and you, too, might start to feel the love. Almost right away you’ll sense how Murray’s ostensibly macho/weakling persona hides from nothing and fears no man or Miniature Daschund. All of his insecurities, anxieties, immature jealousies and far-flung fantasies are laid bare, sometimes with crushing honesty—all of it kindly softened with clever and humorous twists but nonetheless there to see. And yet … are these revelations real? There’s the rub. Clearly most of what Murray writes is semi-autobiographical fiction—but how deep run the roots of truth? Perhaps because declaring oneself a “writer” carries with it some whiff of pretension, Murray hesitates to play it so straight. He’d much rather cynically answer letters as the “Bitter Writer” advice giver or leap into self-aggrandizing fantasy by listing gilt-edged writing credits far too prestigious to believe. Heck, even though his real-life writing resume proves otherwise, he can’t even call himself a “journalist” without putting dubiousness-inducing quote marks around the word! Many of the copious self-deprecating jokes in the book are about Murray’s struggles as a writer, but the man can flat-out write. Much of the time he combines Hemingway-esque brevity with faux gansta colloquialisms, but Murray’s literary chops are interspersed throughout and on full display in the brilliant selection of "Jack Kerouac Restaurant Reviews." Here the famous beat poet pounds the USA pavement to chow down at upscale restos and fast food joints with equal gusto, producing keenly observed and gloriously composed food-life wisdom with more layers than a glistening-but-deadly Big Mac. Several entries in A Van Full of Girls take the form of fictional correspondence. We get MDMA-inspired "love" letters, text exchanges (often one-sided for extra hilarity!), postcard missives and email blasts. Crafted with an almost childlike inventiveness, Murray’s writing neatly defies categorization. He does not indulge us with short stories or essays. Sometimes he offers what you might call micro-fiction, but even here all the “writerly” conceits are poked full of holes. Very often, Murray is writing about writing. Usually running only a few pages in length, Murray’s pieces typically carry as much weight as would a day dream or a fleeting teenage fantasy (e.g., the title of the book), but there’s always an edge or a twist in the mix to deliver a smack of adult satisfaction. If we’re honest about it, those moments of whimsy often reveal as much about our humanity as any great epiphany or literary quest. Thankfully, Michael Murray dwells in those moments. By demonstrating himself a gifted writer with material that comically implores us to believe otherwise, the author is both the butt and the conjurer of the jokes—and yet he’s thoughtful enough to make sure that we’re in on each one of them.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book! You'll be glad you did. This is a collection of Mr. Murray's writing from published sources and his blog. They are hilarious, charming, wistful and obliquely insightful. An exercise in comic and creative imagination that you owe it to yourself to read. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! This was hilarious! Michael Murray is a singular voice. What a discovery. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Summer Don't have a drink in one hand while reading with the other as you will surely spill it all over your summer shorts as this book will keep you in stitches. Advice from Vlad (one of the short stories) is satirical genius. Get this book.
Date published: 2016-07-12