(in 100 words or less):
These stories vary in their manner of narrative progression. Some move forward in a rational and conventional manner. Others are organized more associatively; still others leap about with seeming little rhyme or reason cohering by wild invention and the author’s verbal virtuosity alone. The latter can probably be best understood as prose poems, rather than short stories. Runkle’s main strength is the sentence. He writes good ones. You’re never really sure where one of these stories is going. Sometimes you don’t even know where they started. Runkle writes like no one else. That’s a good thing. And a rare thing.