Something Said: Essays

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For over four decades, Gilbert Sorrentino has produced brilliant, penetrating essays and reviews, each one an uncompromising statement of what is good - and what is not - in literature and culture. Something Said collects in a single volume these definitive readings of such major twentieth-century innovators as William Carlos Williams, Edward Dahlberg, Hubert Selby, John Hawkes, Flann O'Brien, William Gaddis, Italo Calvino, John Hawkes, and Robert Creeley, along with critical writings on film, pop culture, and ...

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Overview

For over four decades, Gilbert Sorrentino has produced brilliant, penetrating essays and reviews, each one an uncompromising statement of what is good - and what is not - in literature and culture. Something Said collects in a single volume these definitive readings of such major twentieth-century innovators as William Carlos Williams, Edward Dahlberg, Hubert Selby, John Hawkes, Flann O'Brien, William Gaddis, Italo Calvino, John Hawkes, and Robert Creeley, along with critical writings on film, pop culture, and visual art. Featuring seventy-two pieces in all, this new expanded edition includes twenty-five pieces written since the publication of the first edition in 1984, and demonstrates Sorrentino's concern for the craft of writing and the development of an American aesthetic.

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A collection of 47 critical essays, most on contemporary writers, that have appeared over the past 25 years in various magazines and journals.

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"I recommend this book to all readers." — New York Times

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Sorrentino here revises his 1984 collection of essays with the addition of 25 new pieces. Sorrentino waxes mostly about things literary, including good bits on William Carlos Williams, James Joyce, and Flann O'Brien, who have greatly influenced his fiction, but covers a few other areas of the arts as well. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781564783103
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Sorrentino (1929—2006) is the most influential American novelist of the past forty years, and his work represents American fiction at its best and most daring. He was an editor for the literary magazines Neon and Kulcher, and later at Grove Press in the 1960s. He taught at Stanford University from 1982 to 1999. His novels include The Sky Changes, Steelwork, Aberration of Starlight, Mulligan Stew, and The Abyss of Human Illusion.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
1 The Act of Creation and Its Artifact 3
2 William Carlos Williams 13
3 Jack Spicer 49
4 Louis Zukofsky 68
5 William Bronk 77
6 Kenneth Rexroth 81
7 Lorine Niedecker 87
8 Jonathan Williams 91
9 Edward Dahlberg 96
10 Paul Blackburn 103
11 Hubert Selby 114
12 Coleman Dowell 132
13 Michael McClure: Artaud 136
14 Max Finstein 138
15 Ron Loewinsohn's Watermelons 139
16 Measure of Maturity 141
17 Charles Olson: The Distances 144
18 Andrew Hoyem: The Wake 150
19 Neruda: Residence on Earth 154
20 AN OCTOPUS/of ice 157
21 Ross Feld's Plums 167
22 Emerald on the Beach 168
23 George Oppen: Smallness of Cause 173
24 A Glance at West's West 175
25 John Hawkes' Oranges 178
26 Lost Lives 180
27 Larry Woiwode: Beyond the Bedroom Wall 184
28 Never on Sunday 187
29 Blue Gass 190
30 Garcia Marquez's Monster 193
31 David Antin Talking 196
32 Le Style de Queneau 198
33 Travels with Calvino 201
34 Paul Bowles: The Clash of Cultures 204
35 La Guaracha 207
36 The Ending Is Wanting 210
37 John Gardner: Rhinestone in the Rough 213
38 "For my day had passed." 219
39 Ross Macdonald: Some Remarks on the Limitations of Form 221
40 Moderns 227
41 Ten Pamphlets 235
42 Black Mountaineering 242
43 Empty, Empty Promises, Promises 252
44 Dan Rice 256
45 Mort Lucks 258
46 A Note on William Anthony 260
47 Genetic Coding 263
48 Calvino's Artifice 267
49 Maurice Blanchot: Language - Lying and Treacherous 269
50 Forty More by Barthelme 273
51 Avant-Garde Star Chart 276
52 Glenn Gould and Friends 280
53 Rumaker's Lost Souls 283
54 The Doctor at Work: The Doctor Stories 285
55 The Definitive Paterson 287
56 God Is Under Repair 287
57 Anytime Is Every Time 292
58 Icy, Brilliant, Unsentimental 295
59 For Coleman Dowell 298
60 Basil Bunting 300
61 L. Z.'s Prose 302
62 In Memorian Douglas Woolf 305
63 The Monster Come to Dinner 306
64 On Robert Creeley 309
65 Misconstruing Lorine Niedecker 312
66 From the Brilliant to the Fatuous 318
67 Fictional Infinities 323
68 What's New?: The Innovative Act 331
69 Beliefs Reasonable, Unreasonable Beliefs 339
70 Flann Brian O'Brien O'Nolan 344
71 Things Ain't What They Seem: Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life 348
72 Writing and Writers: Disjecta Membra 353
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