"Letters to Wendy's" by Joe Wenderoth

Today I had a Biggie. Usually I just have a small and refill -- why pay more? But today I needed a Biggie inside me. Some days, I guess, are like that.



Salon Staff
November 27, 2002 12:47AM (UTC)

Joe Wenderoth is the author of two poetry collections, "Disfortune" (1995) and "It Is If I Speak" (2000), both published by Wesleyan University Press. "Letters to Wendy's" is his first work of fiction. He teaches at Southwest State University in Minnesota.

"Letters to Wendy's" is a collection of ficticious diary entries, written on Wendy's restaurant customer-comment cards. "Tell us about your visit," these cards encourage, and Wenderoth took the fast-food chain up on its offer. Hilarious, bizarre and tragic, the genre-bending novel traces a year in the life and thoughts of an unnamed narrator obsessed not only by Biggies and Frosties but also by consumerism, sex and mortality.

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Joe Wenderoth read from "Letters to Wendy's" at KGB Bar in New York recently, as part of the bar's Monday Night Poetry series. Featured here is the entire reading [in two parts], including Wenderoth's introduction and an opening poem, which he dedicated to the "anniversary of John Berryman being drunk once."


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