Dallas John Baker In The Media


This page includes links to interviews and reviews in online and print media 

 

 

 Latest Reviews

A recent review in DNA magazine (#158) by Graeme Aitken says: "Set in the American Deep South, this is a highly atmospheric and original collection...." and "The opening story 'Shallow Water, Oh Mamma', is exceptionally strong and well-developed." You can read the rest of this review HERE.

Jane Browning wrote in a recent review that America Divine: Travels in the Hidden South has a "voluptuous and haunting aestehtic" and that "The South of Baker's mind is a darkly funny and enchanting place to visit." The rest of this review can be read at TEXT journal.

"That Dallas ... is an impressively skilled writer is apparent after just the first page of his collection of short travel writing, America Divine (Phosphor Books). By the end of the first piece, ‘Shallow Water, Oh Mamma’, it is evident that he is not only a skilled writer but something of a strange genius." The rest of this review of America Divine: Travels in the Hidden South can be read at the Lambda Literary Review.

Alistair Sutton writes that the anthology When You're a Boy: Other Boys Check You Out "includes beautifully written autobiographical pieces about the angst of growing up gay and the perennial issues one faces to gain acceptance and self-worth, such as in Dallas Baker’s Cherry Blossum Bicycle Crazy." You can read this review HERE.

Interviews and Articles

 

An Angguished Moment, an interview I did for QNET, can be read online HERE

 

 

 

 

Here is a downloadable version of an interview with me about Anywhere But Here for SX NEWS.

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Other Reviews

Here is a review of America Divine from Goodreads:

 

America DivineAmerica Divine by Dallas Angguish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As I've said before, Dallas Angguish is what you'd get if Victor Frankenstein made a new monster by splicing together body parts of David Sedaris, Truman Capote, Bruce Chatwin and just a bit of Djuna Barnes. Having read his new contribution to the travel writing genre I'd like to add Mark Twain and Zora Neale Hurston to the mix. The former wrote great travel essays and the latter gave insider accounts of voodoo.

The back of the book describes America Divine as: "a collection of travel tales set in the Deep South, particularly New Orleans. The stories feature voodoo practitioners, psychics, snake handlers, con-artists, ghosts and boozy Savannah landladies and are quirky, engaging and often satisfyingly sensual."

However, America Divine is a lot more than that. It is also about the author's own attempts to come to terms with the enigmatic South, and its strange religious permutations. The reader goes along with Angguish as he tries to encounter the "true heart" of the South. This is fascinating because Angguish openly shows his confusion, anxiety and fears around the scarier aspects of voodoo and backwoods Christianity. The author doesn't offer pat resolutions about what to believe is real or unreal in voodoo and evangelical miracles. He simply leaves the reader with his impressions so that they can make up their own minds. I liked this aspect of it very much. I appreciated that Angguish didn't disrespect the beliefs of those he met but also didn't try to convince the reader of their authenticity.

I read this book over one weekend. I loved it. It is strange and beautiful and sensual and yes, a little bit quirky. If you like Capote, Chatwin or Southern Literature in general, you'll love this "outsiders" take on the South.

Warning: If you've read Anywhere But Here you will note that much of the first third of that book is republished in this book. But the old stories have been extended and improved and there are also four completely new stories. One of the new stories takes up nearly a third of the book. It is definitely worth it to get this book (especially as Anywhere But Here is so hard to get these days).

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A review of Anywhere But Here, a collection of memoir, fiction and travel pieces, by DNA magazine can be accessed HERE

 


Screen Captures of Reader Reviews for Various Books


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Anywhere But Here 

'The Camping Ground' in Dumped (edited by B. Delores Max)

'Arrythmia' in Bend, Don't Shatter: Poets on the Beginning of Desire (edited by T. Cole Rachel & Rita D. Costello)