Look Down, This Is Where It Must Have Happened

Look Down, This Is Where It Must Have Happened

The Rumpus

"Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened reveals the super powers of story telling for the digital age—or any age . . . The collection encompasses a range of literary genres, from magical to domestic realism, from the absurdity of a fetus quoting statistics to dialogue so fresh you'll look around to see who’s talking."

Chico News and Review

"Hal Niedzviecki is a smart writer. In Look Down, a collection of short stories, he is writing of our times from our time and from out of time in worlds that don't yet exist...This is a successful book of short stories with soft surprises of beautiful language by one of the best writers of our time."

Look Down, This Is Where It Must Have Happened
May 1, 2011

"Niedzviecki sometimes pushes things a little too far, but for the most part these stories are refreshing for their daring and directness, and Niedzviecki's unrelenting drive to expose the hearts that still beat inside his characters, regardless of how damaged or stained. Look Down is never gentle or particularly refined, but it is always vital, and most importantly, fearless."

- August C. Bourré, Quill & Quire

Quill and Quire

"Look Down is novelist, cultural commentator, and Broken Pencil magazine founder Hal Niedzviecki's first collection of short stories since 1998. The stories here are raw, energetic, and, like the author’s 2001 novel Ditch, tend to focus on individual moments of intensity, often leaving the connective tissue between scenes implied."

Winnipeg Free Press

"In a way these stories are often a bizarre riff on the conclusions of Niedzviecki's intense observations of contemporary culture. They are also a cry from a moralist who warns us of the growing coldness out there, and presses us in his sardonic, crazy way to hold on to our humanity, however screwed up that may be, in the face of the ugly world of ubiquitous security cameras, reality TV and Internet overload."


"With dark humor and deep compassion, Niedzviecki, cultural critic and author of 'The Peep Diaires' (2009), delivers a haunting collection peopled by characters on the verge of despair. . . . Like David Means' stories, these convention-defying examples written in tight, punchy prose examine the fine lines between love and obsession, failure and success. A moving and amusingly varied collection."


"Fiction writer, social critic, and founding editor of indie literary magazine Broken Pencil Hal Niedzviecki has done it all. He has built his reputation on his ability to smartly skewer social conventions, picking apart aspects of our culture and revealing their absurdities. In his latest book, Look Down, This Is Where It Must Have Happened, Niedzviecki turns again to fiction, with a collection of 13 short stories that are both topical and timely. From terrorism to abortion, the subjects he grapples with are at the forefront of the public consciousness, as though ripped straight from today's blog posts, Twitter feeds, and status updates."