Just Visiting blog at Inside Higher Ed
Weekly writing as The Biblioracle in the Chicago Tribune
Tough Day for the Army: Stories
Like George Saunders and Etgar Keret, Warner plays with conventional mores, turning them on their ear. Also like those authors, Warner successfully layers his satire with rich characters and a general playfulness with form that somehow renders a deep emotional resonance. The result is a well-written and wonderfully comedic collection of short stories that gooses as much as it gives.
The Funny Man: A Novel
“John Warner’s The Funny Man is a funny novel about a funny man who sticks his whole hand in his mouth in a funny way. But it’s much more than that—a wise, rueful, surprisingly tender book about what happens when we get what we want, and then what happens when we keep on wanting things. A very American novel, in other words, a novel that reminds me of Walker Percy’s and Saul Bellow’s very American novels. I can think of no higher praise for a novel, and The Funny Man deserves it.”
The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency(co-edited with Chris Monks)
“The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is a great collection behind a tastefully designed cover that will compliment just about any coffee table or toilet-side book collection both in form and content.”