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Dare to Know author James Kennedy’s “Damn Fine” Thoughts on David Lynch

I’ve been a fan of David Lynch ever since high school, when I recklessly watched a VHS of Eraserhead alone at one in the morning. Such an experience leaves its mark. As it turns out, my latest novel, the speculative thriller Dare to Know—about a company that can calculate the precise time of one’s death with perfect accuracy—has been described as “Lynchian.” Cool!

But what does “Lynchian” really mean? David Foster Wallace tried to define it as the “irony where the very macabre and the very mundane combine in such a way to reveal the former’s perpetual containment within the latter.” (Pretty fancy talk for a guy who kept doing a running joke about Depend adult undergarments in Infinite Jest.)

But there’s more to Lynch than just that macabre/mundane tension, DFW! Instead of one totalizing formula, I feel there are several distinct tendencies that recur in Lynch’s work—and yeah, some of those tendencies also show up in Dare to Know.

So settle in with your coffee and cherry pie—or garmonbozia, if you’re hardcore—and let’s look at what makes something Lynchian.

Posted by James Kennedy

National Intern Day: Introducing Gwendy!

Hi there, my name is Gwendy! This feels like a surreal full-circle moment. I grew up in Indonesia and vividly remember my best friend lending me her copies of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series when I was 13 or 14. I loved it. Today, I live halfway across the world and am a marketing & publicity intern at Quirk, the book’s first home. Most of my friends would describe me as spontaneous, random, and funny (my mom thinks I’m the funniest person ever, but that’s because she has to). I might be the most extroverted and talkative INFP person you’d ever meet––my roommate still refuses to believe I am truly an introvert.

Posted by Quirk Books Staff

Catch us at San Diego Comic-Con!

Heading to San Diego Comic-Con this year (7/20–7/24)? Make sure to stop by booth 1636 to say hi, and keep this schedule handy to catch our author signings and book giveaways.

Did we mention #QuirkTurns20 this year? Check back here—we’ll be adding information about our big anniversary giveaway happening at SDCC!


Posted by Quirk Books Staff

All (Pop Culture) Roads Lead to Shakespeare

It’s Shakespeare Day and National Poetry Month and all the things at once so this is a good time to remember that, when it comes to pop culture, all roads lead back to Shakespeare. Don’t believe me? Take this little quiz:

Posted by Ian Doescher

Q&A with Julia and Roos, the authors of Good Sh*t

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects approximately 10-15% of the worldwide population, with 60% to 65% of those suffering reporting as female. This makes IBS a major women’s health issue! And since April is IBS Awareness Month, we talked to the authors of the handbook Good Sh*t: Your Holistic Guide to the Best Poop of your Life about holistically healing the gut.

Posted by Quirk Books Staff

2022 Easter Gift Guide

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It's hard to believe Easter is almost here! Luckily, we have a gift guide just for you to help you find a book for every basket. 

Posted by Quirk Books Staff