Kingdom of Alt by Jack Ross
Is writing about staying on the sidelines, or getting involved – marginal observation, or “skyline operations” (Auden)? This book offers a series of takes on the possibility of a truly engaged literature. Not all the conclusions it comes to are entirely pessimistic.
Kingdom of Alt is Ross’s second book of short stories.
You’ll all have your own story about how you first encountered the magic kingdom of Alt. As a teenager growing up in the depths of the Auckland suburbs, I believe that discovery saved my life. – Roger Horrocks, launch speech for Monkey Miss Her Now (24/10/04)