Memorial Day Weekend Reading: "Rivers"
We were very excited to see one of John Keene's stories featured as a VICE Exclusive. Counternarratives is a phenomenal, provocative book, and "Rivers" stands out immediately as one of the stories that will be most discussed. Do yourself a favor and read it over the holiday weekend.
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn," proclaimed Ernest Hemingway, one of the book's most notable champions, in 1935. In more recent times, Toni Morrison wrote that Twain's picaresque is an "amazing, troubling book," one that caused her no shortage of rage and feelings of complicity, before concluding that the book is "classic literature, in that it heaves, manifests, and lasts." John Keene's magnificent story of speculative fiction picks up from Twain's classic American novel, 40 years later, with civil war veteran Jim relating his life since that fateful raft ride down the Mississippi."