The Flame Alphabet

Speech Pathology

In his new, post-apocalyptic novel, Ben Marcus ponders the dark side of language.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

No one can seem to get over the fact that Ben Marcus, the scion of avant-garde literature and its most impassioned defender, recently published a fairly traditional novel, “The Flame Alphabet.” It has all the trappings of normative fiction — a plot, emotionally developed characters, even some good old-fashioned drama.

About his novel’s traditional narrative, a departure for him, Marcus says, “I’m afraid of complacency.” Michael Lionstar
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