His work has been called demented, hilarious, quirky and well outside the mainstream and with his sixth collection of short stories Manion unapologetically stays with that formula. Big sloshing mixes of poignancy and offensiveness, hope and callousness.
He understands that we are all kind and bigoted. Wonderful and pathetic. The human experience is wildly erratic.
And he won't pretend otherwise.
Having said that, his writing is not for everybody.
Do you really want to be everybody?
The other day it was partly cloudy, which doesn't make a great opening line but it does go a long way in explaining why when a bug landed on my nose it couldn't be said to have been “out of the blue.” It was partly cloudy ... as I just mentioned. Rarely does a bug land on someone's nose “out of the partly...