THIS Magazine's Caitlynn Cummings has reviewed Cosmo for the new January/February 2013 issue.
It's a short but sweet review. Here's what she had to say:
In his first collection of fiction, Cosmo,
Spencer Gordon shows us his Mariah Carey-esque range. With expert
wordsmithery, Gordon moves from affecting familial realism to absurd
vision quests in celebrity to experimental palate cleansers. The opening
lyricism of "Journey to the Centre of Something" and the masterfully
controlled, tightly reined prose of "Jobbers" gives way to a 3,000-word
sentence and an epic Wiki-ramble-babble called
"Frankie+Hilary+Romeo+Abigail+Helen: An Intermission." But with breadth
also comes focus: character, cyber culture, stardom. Cosmo's
most successful meditations on the latter involve Matthew McConaughey
picking up unconscious doppelgangers on a road trip through the desert;
Leonard Cohen entering into an ironic endorsement deal with Subway; and
Lil' Romeo's biography sitting uncomfortably beside Helen Keller's.
Brave, poignant, and hilarious, Cosmo,
I can't help but think, must be for Gordon, like McConaughey, "his
personal chariot through good times and dangerous places," his "key to
adventure, immaturity, [and] boyish exploration."