Riding the Unit: Selected Nonfiction 1994-2004
"When we first read
Spitzer's bit of lit spite we were amused, seeing in it a certain vitriolic
mode all-too-absent from the politesse-ridden Am Po Scene...OK, Spitzer was
a rude guest. Nonetheless, we have to say that he only vented in public a
tiny bit of that swirling mass of orality that is the 'lives of the
poets.'...Spitzer doesn't know mole from brown gravy: it's not his fault.
But his point is clear: nobody gossips about his generation. Not until now
Codrescu, literary icon
"Mark Spitzer's piece, "Dinner with
Slinger'...is one sick piece...he may find gainful employment in the
swelling ranks of political media Philistines - provided that he gives up
those 'ounces of schwagg' and joins the Church of Rushing Newts."
Anselm Hollo, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
"Mark is on a campaign to rule the
world...[he] is the definition of the mad scribe."
Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway
"I want to break his neck."
David Gessner, author of Sick of Nature