Be Brief and Tell Them Everything
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A darkly funny meditation on creativity and family, Be Brief and Tell Them Everything tracks the life of a middle-aged author named "Brad" who is struggling to write his next novel while trying to come to grips with his son's disabilities, set against a backdrop of ecological catastrophe and escalating human insanity in contemporary Los Angeles. A beautiful, powerful, concise work of autofiction that is reminiscent of My Struggle and Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Be Brief documents the stops and starts of adulthood and marriage, and the joys and grief of parenting, while defining what it means to be a good man, and a good writer.
Ig Publishing, 9781632461360, 216pp.
Publication Date: May 10, 2022
About the Author
BRAD LISTI is the author of the novel Attention. Deficit. Disorder, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and hailed by the late Jim Carroll as "a perfect book about what we and the world are becoming." He is the co-author, with Justin Benton, of Board, an experimental work of nonfiction derived entirely from Internet comment boards. Brad is the founder of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community. For the past decade, he has hosted the literary podcast called Otherppl with Brad Listi, which has produced more than 650 episodes, generating more than 11 million unique downloads. Buzzfeed calls it "the perfect way to get the stories behind your stories." Brad lives in Los Angeles with his family.