Dan Rhodes

1 Dec

Dan Rhodes is perhaps the most hated man in fiction. You’ll often find his prose referred to as “vacuous”, “dross”, or “the worst book I have ever read”.

The best thing about being a polarising Scotsman and hyper-literary wanker is that there are plenty of people who will love you for it – myself included. You’ll gain an inexplicable appreciation for Rhodes’ work with a visit to his website.

‘Laughing’ is an excerpt from Anthropology and a Hundred Other Stories (2000), a collection of 101 thought processes that thoroughly expose Rhodes’ obsession with romance and unfortunate accidents.


4 Responses to “Dan Rhodes”

  1. Aimee December 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    This write up makes me feel bad for liking it so much. I felt the same after reading a write up on Jonathon Safran Foer.

    • jonoaidney December 2, 2009 at 10:25 am #

      They’re both relatively young authors, though. Most of the writers I really enjoy get the same critical response for the first half of their careers. Guys like Iain Banks and Irvine Welsh – their early stuff is loved by a small but devoted group and largely passed over by the rest.

      Then, for whatever reason, their work starts to mellow out (thematically and technically) over the second half of their career and they begin to enjoy greater success. The downside, of course, being that the group of fans who loved the ‘out there’ early stuff will never be satisfied with anything you ever do, ever again. And they were your most important critics. They were the ones that would gush your praises. They were, essentially, your marketing department.

      You’ve just got to prey you’ve found traction with your fanbase by that stage. Tough, cruel balance. Such is art.

  2. Aimee December 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    See also Palaniuk. Will my ideas get tamer as I get older? MUST. MAKE. MOST. OF. NOW.

    • jonoaidney December 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm #


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