“Not for the faint of heart (or soul), Venus Drive explores the complexity of despair with poignancy and sly wit.” ---Christine Muhlke, The New York Times Book Review
"I like it when short stories--metaphorically speaking, of course--smack me in the face, kind of like what Kafka said about art being like an axe. And so that’s what Sam Lipsyte’s stories do--they come at you like a fist, they knock you around, they make you wince, they make you look away, and then they make you look back."--Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!
"These are torqued-up, enthusiastically black-hearted stories by a grimly cheerful author. And the damned things are queerly rather loving and lovely as well. Bukowski meets Paley."--Padgett Powell, author of The Interrogative Mood
"Lipsyte captures flashes of his characters’ complex, addled humanity and smashes a window into their hopelessness.... It’s fascinating to read a writer who can bring you so efficiently to such uncomfortable places."--James Hannaham, The Village Voice (rated one of the Voice's top twenty-five books of the year 2000)