The masterfully crafted stories that comprise "Remote Feed" mark the auspicious debut of a daring and remarkably perceptive writer. From war-torn Bosnia to a college sorority house to kill-or-be-killed Hollywood, David Gilbert uses bold prose and dark wit to paint a devastating picture of "normal" life on the brink of desperation and paranoia. His insights into the minor tragedies, disappointments, and desires that shape us reflect a deep understanding of human nature and a genuine compassion for his characters.
Filled with startling twists, piercing irony, and layers of meaning, the world Gilbert creates in "Remote Feed" is a complex one -- often hilarious, sometimes frightening, but always fascinating.
Christine DeZelar-Tiedman Library Journal Recommended for literary collections. Kirkus Reviews An intelligent Darwinian debut collection...[the] writing [has] zest. Gina Vivinetto St Petersburg Times (Florida) If you read one short-story collection all year, promise me it will be Gilbert's....He's just about the funniest social commentator since Fran Lebowitz....To call Gilbert insightful is an understatement. Donna Seaman Booklist The action in Gilbert's fast, witty, unnerving stories is dark and edgy to be sure, but his prose gleams, a beacon in the fog of our numb days and nights. Michelle Goldberg Salon Scathing writing can be exhilarating. Time Out One is mesmerized by Gilbert's daring and absolute persuasiveness....[A] distinctive voice. Mike Musgrove The Washington Post These stories are funny and thoroughly entertaining....Keep an eye on this guy David Gilbert. Sara Nelson Glamour The short stories in David Gilbert's Remote Feed speak volumes about the ways modern men seek adventure and comfort. Adam Goodheart The New York Times Book Review Gilbert's dead-on mimicry of conversational rhythms makes even the most ludicrous exchange sound plausible, and he applies physical details sparingly and potently...wickedly funny. Vanity Fair Hilarious and unnerving.