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Readers might be more familiar with Mark Leidners poetry than with his prose. But the beautiful, bruising hilarity of his poems carries over to his short stories. There arent many books I've recommended more often or more strongly than Leidner's 2018 collection, Under The Sea. The present story, Hanging Out with Dad, tests universality and particularitythe whatness of a father/son relationship and the thisness of a particular father and a particular son. In all of Leidner's work, a reader can draw general insight from closely-rendered moments, which might not necessarily be a balm for our abundant confusion, but will certainly make it more interesting.