Wednesday, June 13, 2012
U-Haul with Dinosaur by John Bennett, reviewed by BL Kennedy
U-Haul with Dinosaur
It was planned by Lydia, the main squeeze of Thomas Jablonsky, a well known hard mouth poet. Jablonsky himself wasn’t much for parties, cheap skidrow rooms with a portable typewriter and a bottle of wine, but after he met Lydia, he found hismefl going to more than his share.
Finally, after years of waiting, John Bennett has a new collection of short stories. John who, you may ask? And I’ll reply, “Bennett. B-E-N-N-E-T-T.” You might stand there, looking like your silly old self, kind of confused and despondent. I’ll explain to you that John Bennett is the best damn writer this side of Tokyo.
This new collection, U-Haul with Dinosaur, consists of eleven short stories that’ll just knock your socks off, bend your wife across the couch, and it will be so blissful that neither one of you will remember doing it. And if you’re of the fairer sex, you’ll cut the damn husband out of the equation entirely, because John Bennett is man enough for you.
Short stories included in this book are all over the place. He talks about new world orders, secrets, and Cincinnati. The stories are beautifully and vividly written, my favorite being “Leipzig to Lawrence”. Now mind you, Bennett is not talking about that hack author D.A. Lawrence. He’s proudly referring to the home of William S. Burroughs.
So, in the end, I’m just gonna cut right to the point. U-Haul with Dinosaur stretches across the finish line by a swift twelve foot jump. Buy it. And after you buy it, remember there’s a LOT of drinking in this book. Pick yourself up on a bottle on the way home.