Small-press newcomer Two Dollar Radio
offers up Rudolph Wurlitzer’s fifth novel, reportedly the author’s transmogrification of a screenplay of a modern-day western entitled Zebulon
. The commentary on Wurlitzer’s first novel in more than 20 years finds critics falling all over themselves to commend this work. As in Eric Davis’s tribute
The Drop Edge of Yonder
may be the most hallucinogenic western you’ll ever catch in the movie house of your mind’s eye
What results is a genre farce with oracular powera Queen of Hearts sutra, a court jester’s Blood Meridian
Over and above its loving and wicked send-up of frontier lore, Drop Edge invites us to reframe its fictions, like all fictions, perhaps, as our own Technicolor flashbacks from the dusty arroyo at the end of the line.