"Considering how much I love Richard Chiem's writing, and given how its uncanny snare and sweep of life's especially agile, prompt, messed, lithe, sharp, and heartbreaking things leaves me stiffed of summarizing words, I think I'll just nominate his work for immortality."
- Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm
"Richard Chiem writes of all the weirdness and ooziness and tenderness of young love, with such lucid specificity. Like some beautiful film from the 70s, but also distinctly now. Because I also love how in this book he documents the tremors of contemporary existence, of living and working in a city, measuring days not in coffee spoons but in cigarettes and Simpsons episodes."
- Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl and Heroines
"Richard Chiem's You Private Person is a bustling prism of a thing, full of passages that actually lead somewhere off of the paper. His words have brains that have bodies that wake you up in the way waking can be the best thing, like into a warm room full of good calm remembered things that feel both like relics and new inside the day. Here rings a wise and bravely sculpted book packed full of stunning thankful color."
- Blake Butler, author of There is No Year
Feb. 12, 2013: review by Natalie Chin
Jan. 23, 2013: Interview on Other People Pocast by Brad Listi
January, 2013: review by i am alt lit
Nov. 25, 2012: review by herocious at The Open End
Nov. 2, 2012: HTML Giant Interview by Stephen Tully Dierks
Oct. 9, 2012: BanangoLit re: You Private Person
Oct. 1, 2012: City Arts (Seattle) Interview by Lillian Nickerson
Sept. 17, 2012: Hobart Interview by Matthew Simmons
July 12, 2012: Artifice a conversation with Alexander J. Allison
Book trailer below (created by Meggie Green)
YOU PRIVATE PERSON: Stories by Richard Chiem from Meggie Green on Vimeo.
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