Borges' Travel, Hemingway's Garage

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If art imitated capitalism, it would look like Borges' Travel, Hemingway's Garage. In this secret guide to culture, Mark Axelrod has scoured Europe and the Americas photographing products and businesses that bear the great names of Western civilization and then has recounted the little-known turns of fate by which our immortals ended up in these mundane straits. For those who lament our culture's prostitution to capital, Borges' Travel, Hemingway's Garage offers definitive ...
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Overview


If art imitated capitalism, it would look like Borges' Travel, Hemingway's Garage. In this secret guide to culture, Mark Axelrod has scoured Europe and the Americas photographing products and businesses that bear the great names of Western civilization and then has recounted the little-known turns of fate by which our immortals ended up in these mundane straits. For those who lament our culture's prostitution to capital, Borges' Travel, Hemingway's Garage offers definitive proof that art lives on.

Learn the untold history of Rembrandt's Toothpaste, Van Gogh's Potatoes, Lautrec Handbags, and Kipling's Rucksacks. Dine on Fellini's Pollo La Strada in Brussels. Hear the great Czech fabulist kibitzing with his cooks at Kafka's Cafe, and find out about Christ's "hidden years" at the Taverne Chez Jesus.

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Praise for Axelrod's Cardboard Castles:

"Axelrod's novel is a moving and at times hilarious adventure through one writer's life of the imagination, the intellect, and the libido...Cardboard Castles is an important novel and--as it is the first in a trilogy featuring Katz--a promising one as well." -Review of Contemporary Fiction

Diane Cole
Borges' Travel, Hemingway's Garage is a whimsical collection focused on the imaginary commercial lives of debt-ridden cultural heroes desperate to stave off bankruptcy. In a humorous, deadpan style, Axelrod reports on the philosophical quarrels between Leibniz and Newton that fueled the competition between dueling cookie franchises Choco Leibniz and Fig Newtons; confides that Balzac helped invent basketball (hence Balzac's Balls of Newport Beach); and confirms that at Ravel Shoes, in Paris, the best-selling item is, not surprisingly, Bolero Boots.
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Publishers Weekly
According to this tongue-in-cheek travel guide, Toulouse-Lautrec, with the aid of one M. Menottes, a benefactor and fellow brothel-goer, opened a little shop in Brussels called Lautrec Handbags. Virginia Woolf, in an effort to find a place for her feminist squad to convene, established a cafe called A Room of One's Own-after her not-yet-published book-which, after her death, was renamed Virginia Woolf's Restaurant and went from specializing in vegetarian foods for the literati to pushing burger specials to tourists. And the proof? Axelrod, a professor of English and comparative literature at Chapman University and the author of The Poetics of Novels, includes black-and-white photographs of each business named for these celebrities of Western civilization, plus an array of footnotes and a general air of breezy certainty. "After the initial publishing of Don Quixote, Cervantes fell into a kind of post-partum depression," he writes, and goes on to explain how Cervantes opened an eponymous institute in Orange, Calif., specializing in "psychological problems associated with male mid-life crisis." Some 40-odd other little tales, none over two pages-concerning businesses established by Hemingway (the titular garage), Camus (cognac), Racine (Danish Kringles), Joyce (pub), Van Gogh (potatoes), Bukowski (jewelry) and Shakespeare (monofilaments)-make up the rest of the volume. It's a sly, original idea carried, perhaps, a bit too far: the volume offers good browsable bits rather than an absorbing narrative. But it amuses-and may even momentarily confuse the credulous looking for signs of La Comedie humaine outside Balzac's Balls in Newport Beach, Calif. (Apr.) Forecast: Booksellers might do well to stock this by the cash register. With its ingenious conceit and quirky title and cover, it has impulse purchase potential. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573661140
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Mark Axelrod is a professor of English and comparative literature at Chapman University, and the director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing. He is a two-time recipient of a United Kingdom Leverhulme Fellowship for Creative Writing, and a three-time recipient of the Alliance Française National Writing Award. He has published four novels, a short story collection and three books of criticism. He is also a screenwriter who has written two film books and over twenty screenplays and teleplays. He has receivde rewards for his work from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America (East), the Screenwriters Forum (University of Wisconsin), and the Sundance Institute.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Of food & drink
H. C. Andersen's Conditori : Copenhagen, Denmark
Cafe Karen Blixen : Copenhagen, Denmark
Boswell's Pub : Nurwich, England
Breughel's Bakery : Brussels, Belgium
Camus Cognac : Paris, France
Casanova's Restaurant : Carmel, California
Chez Colette : Edina, Minnesota
Corbiere's Vineyards : Ilizach, France
Cafe Dante : Santiago, Chile
Cafe Engel(s) : Helsinki, Finland
Fellini's Restaurant : Rome, Italy
Taverne Chez Jesus : Brussels, Belgium
James Joyce Irish Pub : Brussels, Belgium
Kafka's Cafe : Helsinki, Finland
Choco Leibniz : Hannover, Germany
Fig Newtons : East Hanover, New Jersey
Poe's Cafeteria : Martinsville, Indiana
Racine's Danish Kringles : Racine, Wisconsin
Cafe Strindberg : Helsinki, Finland
Van Gogh's Potatoes : Turku, Finland
Virginia Woolf's Restaurant : London, England
Cafe Voltaire : Ventura, California
Pt. II Of fashion, flowers, & accessories
Bukowski Jewelers : Helsinki, Finland
Caline Leathers : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dwardin Children's Clothes : Brussels, Belgium
Kipling Camping Gear : Cambridge, England
Lautrec Handbags : Brussels, Belgium
Monet Jewelry : New York, New York
Evita Peron Hosiery : London, England
Ravel Shoes : Paris, France
Rodin's Ladies Apparel : Paris, France
Soderberg's Florists : Minneapolis, Minnesota
Verlaine Shoes : Paris, France
Francois Villon Shoes : Paris, France
Pt. III Of stores miscellaneous
Balzac's Balls : Newport Beach, California
Beckett's Government Surplus : Norwich, England
Borges' Travel : Tustin, California
Cervantes Institute : Orange, California
Hemingway's Garage : Santa Ana, California
Notre-Dame & the Hunchback : Paris, France
D. H. Lawrence's Detectives, Inc : Irvine, California
Nijinski Bookstore : Brussels, Belgium
Rembrandt Toothpaste : Del Mar, California
Shakespeare's Monofilaments : Columbia, South Carolina
Axelrod's Toys : La Jolla, California
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