August 31, 2006Posted by socialdisease in Lee Rourke.
Lee Rourke’s collection of pithy interwoven short stories form the seamless whole that is Everyday, a collection which revels in routine ordinariness and life’s random patterns. Both contemporary and nostalgic, Everyday peers beneath the surface of life in the capital and around it, documenting every moment that passes and unflinching in despair at what it finds. This is a celebration of the banal, avoiding the pretension of the modern novel. Invoking the work of JG Ballard at his best, Alexander Baron’s keen eye for grimy subsistence and exhuming the spirit of Baudelaire in his flaneurial prime, Lee Rourke is clearly an interesting new writer obsessed with what ails us and what many other writers unfortunately lack the capacity to document.