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small pale humans
by daniel spinks

this is the eleventh book in the bear parade series.

Daniel Spinks was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently lives in Houston, Texas. His favorite board game is Mall Madness. If asked, he will say his favorite film is "probably something by Truffaut." But really it's Point Break.


this is yes. now i want to eat taco bell.

- blake / December 1, 2007 3:10 AM

i went to daniel's class a long time
ago and he didn't say anything. then
later he was at dinner with other
people also and he talked about
being afraid on airplanes i think.
i don't think he and i said anything
to each other at all through all of

- tao / December 1, 2007 7:40 AM

or like a year and a half ago.

- tao / December 1, 2007 7:41 AM

i just read the book again now. i
think i've read it between 5-7 times
now. good job daniel and gene.

- tao / December 1, 2007 7:52 AM

I am sad at my desk now, and it's snowing in Portland, Oregon. The snow was caused by this book and the snowflakes have tiny daggers. Thank you Daniel Spinks.

- ofelia / December 1, 2007 12:14 PM

it is also snowing here, in seattle.
i can see daniel's book in my head
growing larger and larger like a
pancake in a very large pan. thank
you daniel and gene. thank you philip.

- billy sauce / December 1, 2007 6:52 PM

I also feel very small and pale. The
snowflakes have hit my forehead and
now the space between my eyes, above
my nose (what is that called, the
uvula?) feels very strange and tight.
Someone is humming a low tune and
coughing in the snow outside the
window. Thank you gene and daniel.
And Philip Roth once again.

- billysauce / December 1, 2007 6:54 PM

i am listening to gnarls barkley and thinking about daniel's book. it is not snowing here in the bay area of california. i am thinking about the relationship between a married couple. i am thinking about the main character. i am thinking this book is really fantastic. thanks.

- maya / December 1, 2007 7:45 PM

at taco bell today, i thought about 'small pale humans' and i tried to think of a word for the moon. i ate three cheese quesadillas today. i think i was influenced by this book.

- jillian / December 1, 2007 9:17 PM

i want to print this book out and rub it all over my body.

- prathna / December 2, 2007 12:51 PM

i felt worried at the end like maybe i'd done something wrong that made there not be more. then i felt happy about how good it was. then i wanted to read it more times than i have time for.

- colin / December 2, 2007 4:09 PM

i remember talking about being afraid on airplanes. i always feel nervous eating in front of people so i spent most of my energy trying not to make eye contact with everyone. i wish it would snow in texas. everyone is nice. thank you for reading my book. taco bell.

- daniel / December 2, 2007 4:50 PM

After reading small pale humans straight through, I actually found myself enjoying it more the second time, jumping around from page to page, not trying to construct larger frames. Daniel Sprinks is an argument for the particular. He does it with exceptional grace.

"Grandpa" Ron Silliman

- Ron Silliman / December 3, 2007 5:39 PM

Daniel, that was just me, Robert, a reader, posting as Grandpa Ron. I don't know what he would think of your bear parade book if he read it, but it doesn't matter.

i really liked the last few sentences a lot. they made everything better than it already was. and it was pretty good to start.

- Robert J. Baumann / December 3, 2007 5:42 PM

I read this in my pajamas then drank guaifenesin and took a nap. I thought about it later.

- Chris / December 3, 2007 9:39 PM

I kept small pale humans with me this past week. Part of it was running laps in my head- such great lines had to be laughed about while people stared, wondering what was so amusing. The other part was on my laptop of course, when time allowed me the first thought was consume small pale humans again. Truly wonderful, the stress of the lack of Dr. Pepper has been felt.

- Matt / December 5, 2007 9:46 AM

This was a fun read with just enough
absurdity mixed with the familiar and

And puking strawberry cupcake frosting
probably wouldn't be all that bad
after eating pennies. I've tasted
book to know.

- Sabra Embury / December 5, 2007 3:57 PM

the gearbox in my van is broken.

- mattt / December 14, 2007 8:52 AM

Every Bear Parade book makes me want to write. That is the best compliment I think of right now. Thank you Daniel Spinks and Gene Morgan. I read this book many times because it is beautiful and funny and also because it is so short. That is the best thing about beautiful books that are short. You can read them many times without feeling tired. And This book does not make me feel tired but just the opposite.

- Matthew / December 17, 2007 4:13 PM

This & the "3 Poems" at ACTION YES give me hope that today's youngsters will understand how to do right. Keep frosting the lily & shooting potato gun soda cans at cats, Danny. Keep that copy of THE JOURNAL OF ALBION MOONLIGHT tucked under your pillow. Send me nudie pix of the chipmunk bride & I'll send back CDs and schizophrenic autobiographies.

Hey, you put Bill's song in a poem. He slept on my couch for a few months after LC & he ended it all, taught me the three chords. . . .

- matt Jasper / December 20, 2007 9:44 AM

I liked this very much.

- Bradley Sands / December 25, 2007 12:39 AM

It's refreshing to find someone I
can't quite relate to but still enjoy
True story- my fingers still smell
like pickles for two days now and I
swear that I washed them. Who knew
that sardines would make the smell

- P.A. Rivera / December 27, 2007 12:38 AM

this chased the loneliness right out of my early morning heart. and i'm pretty sure i've awoken with that small man on my chest. you got it bro. so short so perfect. slightly jealous.

- saint jazz / December 27, 2007 12:48 AM

this book entered the resting period.
this book achieved or acheived i can
never remember which one but it
acheived or achieved penetration into
things that i like.

- wish it was wolfgang but it's not wolfgang / December 29, 2007 10:40 AM

Not wolfgang should get a mac, because a mac would help you achieve the correct spelling of "achieved". Or not wolfgang should take an English class. That would also fix the problem. I like this book, too. It kind of made me sick.

- Caroline / December 29, 2007 6:03 PM

i like this book.

- ~ / December 30, 2007 5:29 PM

me too

- pamplemousse / January 12, 2008 4:47 PM

i'm at School.

i was gonna pretend i was sick today
and go home early and play my wii and
Sleep. i think this comment box is
broken because the words keep trail-
ing outside of It.

i felt good about Book. houston is

- joe / February 5, 2008 2:11 PM

Daniel Spinks made me laugh and laugh. And laugh.
Small Pale Humans is the future, I am somewhat sure, or, at least it should be, a part of the future. What types of socks do they wear in the future? is what I would ask Spink's narrator. I would also ask Spink's narrator's wife; she seems to have a good head on her shoulders from time to time. This book was a joy to me; does that make me insane or brilliant? No, don't answer; leave it up to the wind.

- Susan Kirby-Smith / February 20, 2008 6:27 PM

daniel spinks shoudld write more. he should have a blog that he updates.

- tee / March 19, 2008 6:43 AM

daniel is a new hero of mine. i love how everyone's comments mimic his style, i guess it is quite contagious. i found myself speaking like him after reading small pale humans. eating can be a splendid crime.

- emilee / April 2, 2008 4:56 PM

i also laughed hysterically. thank you.

- emilee / April 2, 2008 4:58 PM

This art is so good that it just

- Michael Wells / April 3, 2008 4:51 PM

i read this book when i was hungover.
it was really good. i can relate to the feeling of having styrofoam between your brain and your skull. beautiful style. please write more. and put it on the internets.

- joli / June 8, 2008 12:58 PM

i like your muxtape a lot

- zachary german / July 26, 2008 12:25 PM

I'm not sure how it makes me feel. I've read it twice. I guess that's a good sign that I sort-of enjoyed it? Perhaps I shouldn't read when I feel like I don't know how I feel? I'd probably read something else by Daniel Sprinks or Sparks or whatever. Sprinks. I've been reading Thomas Hardy lately, so it seemed very strange how plain the style was. But I wouldn't really compare the two. Maybe plain isn't the right word. I don't care. This makes me feel like I don't care.

- Robert / September 14, 2008 7:37 PM

eerie fun catching
well played and flung...quite worthwhile...
i wish i wrote it

i drank so much tea today; i puked.

- brini / September 21, 2008 10:48 AM

I think your uvula is in the back of your throat. I think spinks is a nice last name.

- Michelle / February 24, 2009 4:13 AM

Someone who drinks too much sent me the link to this. I read it while in bed, between two large, farting dogs. It made me laugh and feel lonely.

- Richard / March 12, 2009 6:58 PM


- anonymous / May 12, 2009 5:49 PM

How wonderful to find a story where the hero is not a hero, the plot is non-existent and the trials absurd and mundane.

I loved it.

My life is so empty. Will you give me meaning?

- M / May 13, 2009 10:59 AM

i wish there was more

- kevin / October 3, 2009 11:44 AM

it's 3:50 AM in the San Fernando Valley aka The Porn Capital of The World. I think I have to wake up at 6:30 am for work. Some days I just don't wake up at 6:30 am for work. Not sure how I feel about married couples, I'm not part of a couple nor married. I liked reading this short story.

- justaddwater / October 6, 2009 5:54 AM

i didn't finish it

- werdfert / October 20, 2010 10:37 PM

i stumbled upon this a couple of months ago. i come back to it whenever what i am reading leaves a stale taste in my mouth and i am afraid it will come back out like that so i need to remember what good writing tastes like.

- lyric / November 3, 2010 8:21 PM