Conjunctions: 59, Colloquy

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Colloquy offers a major portfolio of never-before-published correspondence by William Gaddis (1922-1998), a towering figure in twentieth-century literature and author of such novels as The Recognitions and JR. Readers will encounter Gaddis as a Harvard undergraduate making his first forays into fiction; struggling with his first book while scraping by in rented rooms in Panama, Spain and Paris; and grappling with his evolving status as an American writer and public figure. The selection includes his fan mail to ...

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Overview

Colloquy offers a major portfolio of never-before-published correspondence by William Gaddis (1922-1998), a towering figure in twentieth-century literature and author of such novels as The Recognitions and JR. Readers will encounter Gaddis as a Harvard undergraduate making his first forays into fiction; struggling with his first book while scraping by in rented rooms in Panama, Spain and Paris; and grappling with his evolving status as an American writer and public figure. The selection includes his fan mail to other authors, passionate missives to his wives and lovers, tender and intimate notes to his children, frank and funny messages to friends such as David Markson and Saul Steinberg, and revelatory exchanges with scholars of his work. This issue of Conjunctions also includes fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction from Edie Meidav, Cole Swensen, Robert Olen Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Eliot Weinberger and others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941964753
  • Publisher: Bard College Publications Office
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Colloquy Bradford Morrow

Editor's Note 7

Selected Letters William Gaddis 8

Dogs of Cuba: The Buddha of the Vedado Edie Meidav 58

Always in Arises Keith Waldrop 67

More Little Tales of the Internet Jonathan Lethem 74

You Are Country Like Me Ngoc Doan 78

From From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate Nathaniel Mackey 83

Glow Little Glowworm John Crowley 99

Landscapes on a Train Cole Swensen 119

Woodland Pattern Ted Mathys 123

Seven Stories Jedediah Berry 134

On the Monstrous: A Portfolio Peter Straub

Editor's Note 141

Theses on Monsters China MiƩville 142

Monstrous, Monstrosity, Monster, and the Little Man Next Door Peter Straub 145

Listening to Krao: What the Freak and Monster Tell Us Theodora Goss 148

A Taxonomy of the Teratoid: Self-Aware Monsters, Oblivious Fiends, and Elusive Demons James Morrow 156

Two Elegies Robert Kelly 162

Five Poems Rae Armantrout 172

Luxembourg Gardens Aurelie Sheehan 177

Letters So That Happiness (translated from Spanish by Elizabeth Zuba) Arnaldo Calveyra 193

Immortals Having a Party Mei-mei Berssenbrugge 198

The Connoisseur of Pain Michael Reid Busk 202

The Migration Matt Bell 223

The Immediacy of Heat Arthur Sze 241

The Afterlife of Paper Peter Gizzi 246

The Alphabet and its Pretenses: A Portfolio Robert Coover Bradford Morrow

Editors' Note 249

Table of Contents Lance Olsen 250

The Pearls That Were His Eyes Shelley Jackson 254

The Library Sarah Tourjee 270

Literature and the Right Not to Die Brian Evenson 273

Reversible Story Lydia Davis 276

Janus at a Chinese Restaurant in Paris Thalia Field Abigail Lang 277

The Reader Robert Coover 289

Hylomorphosis Alexandra Kleeman 292

Every Day, an Epic Evelyn Hampton 298

Otherwise Smooth Rosmarie Waldrop 300

Romancing the Mind William H. Gass 302

Notes on Contributors 350

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