If there’s a cultural ambassador to Appalachia at this moment it very well may be West Virginian writer Scott McClanahan.
‘Crapalachia’ McClanahan’s captivating pseudo-memoir partially based on his own childhood encapsulates what it’s like to grow up in the not-quite-deep South of America.
But McClanahan has been careful to underscore that his portrayals of Appalachia and West Virginia have always been his own takes on the region.Following praise from both establishment literary figures as well as those on the outskirts of the mainstream publishing world McClanahan is in high demand.Indeed his long-anticipated work ‘The Sarah Book’ has been dubbed ‘the ‘Chinese Democracy’ of indie lit’ by his own publisher at Tyrant Books – Giancarlo DiTrapano.
McClanahan’s latest work ‘The Incantations of Daniel Johnston’ out next week from Two Dollar Radio is a graphic novel about the life of Daniel Johnston – the influential outsider rock musician and artist also from West Virginia.
Like the accompanying images provided by Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo – McClanahan’s prose is intoxicating – taking care to detail magnificent anecdotes from Johnston’s life while simultaneously shedding light on ineffable notions like culture – psychology and fame.