Includes a mail order catalog tour, Andy Warhol and his hair, prosthetic sex organs, a forensic scientist falls for a car crash victim, Hitler from his dog's point of view, strange drink recipes, a woman without a face, sexual malfeasance in the Vatican.
“playfully experimental, funny & futuro like the high end of sci fi and the high end of erotic fiction” • John Strausbaugh, New York Press
“The William Gibson of the Lower Eastside.” • Charlie Morrow, Fluxus artist
“Bart Plantenga writes fiendishly inventive short pieces of fiction.” • Russ Kick, Outposts
“cryptic Phillip K. Dickian sci fi stories full of gruesome detail delivered hard-boiled style.” • Evelyn McDonnell, Village Voice
"A scathing assault on passive cultural carrion who get their rocks off strictly from media consumption. A thoughtful, clever & well-written collection... a hilarious & disturbing vision of the not-so-distant future." • Margaret Weigel, Paramour
"I find the story 'Woman With One Too Many Faces" perhaps too inspiring... I like this story a lot." • Judy Lopatin, author Modern Romances
"Bart Plantenga has constructed a dense, and often hilarious, tropic of shattered pasts and people who cannot be separated from their plastics, machines and isms in his glorious collection of meta-fictions, Wiggling Wishbone. The only way this could be done convincingly is at the level of language. The prose is an intense cauldron which ties together the body… But the book's core consists of a thoughtful reworking, a deeper elaboration of, the principles of [the crime] genre… Wishbone reshapes this material in an unusual way. It could be said that the book's great innovation is to project a noir future. … Language gives us a future. The critical yet poetic language Plantenga accesses mixes the technocratic language of the armored state with the observant, chivalrous talk of the ad character. … Thus the book's substantial powers include: 1) a transvaluation of noir values, 2) a transplanting of them into a more critical look at how the apparatus of modern domination works, 3) a deeply felt, darkly imagined world, with plausible, real, anguished characters, [4) the beautifully sophisticated stranding of the two worlds by the creation of a neo-language that takes in both its bivalved fluctuations.]" • Jim Feast, Boston Book Review""