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|Philosophy and the Form of Fiction||3|
|The Medium of Fiction||17|
|The Concept of Character in Fiction||34|
|In Terms of the Toenail: Fiction and the Figures of Life||55|
|Gertrude Stein: Her Escape from Protective Language||79|
|The Leading Edge of the Trash Phenomenon||97|
|Pricksongs & Descants||104|
|Imaginary Borges and His Books||120|
|The Bingo Game at the Foot of the Cross||134|
|A Spirit in Search of Itself||157|
|In the Cage||164|
|The High Brutality of Good Intentions||177|
|The Stylization of Desire||191|
|From Some Ashes No Bird Rises||212|
|The Case of the Obliging Stranger||225|
|A Memory of a Master||247|
|The Evil Demiurge||253|
|The Imagination of an Insurrection||263|
|Even if, by All the Oxen in the World||268|
|The Artist and Society||276|
Posted April 1, 2011
Gass is one of the brightest literary minds in America over the last 30 years. His essays are witty and thought provoking. The language within these essays sparkles--these essays on literature are literature in their own right.
This collection, from 1978, contains essays on Borges, Lowry's "Under the Volcano", and on subjects that are timeless as those: what is art, are artists unique and does their perspective contribute meaningfully to our lives, etc.
The book is worth owning if only for The Artist and Society and the pieces mentioned on Borges and Lowry. I must have given away ten copies of this book and am planning on gifting two more.
This is an excellent text for creative writing instructors and students.