A Book to Consider – “Dhalgren” by Samuel R. Delany

Published in 1974, this book I would call Sci-Fi Apocalypse Noir. Think William Burroughs meets Stephen King and Charles Bukowski. First page quote below:

to wound the autumnal city.

So howled out for the world to give him a name.
The in-dark answered with wind.

All you know I know:

careening astronauts and bank clerks
glancing at the clock before lunch;
actresses cowling at light-ringed mirrors and
freight elevator operators grinding
a thumbful of grease on a steel handle;

student riots;

know that dark women in bodegas shook their heads last week
because in six months prices have risen outlandishly;
how coffee tastes after you’ve held it in your mouth,
cold, a whole minute,


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