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Ben Greenman's raucous new collection of stories and pieces ranges from the traditional to the impossible, from the Italian to the Russian, from the musical to the minimal. Greenman constructs layer upon layer of artifice, filling the spaces between with thousands of smooth, brown pellets of insight and humor. An editor at the New Yorker and a frequent contributor to McSweeney's , Greenman seamlessly assimilates Borges, Bartheleme, Chekhov and Calvino, developing asensibility at once wholly contemporary and ...

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Overview

Ben Greenman's raucous new collection of stories and pieces ranges from the traditional to the impossible, from the Italian to the Russian, from the musical to the minimal. Greenman constructs layer upon layer of artifice, filling the spaces between with thousands of smooth, brown pellets of insight and humor. An editor at the New Yorker and a frequent contributor to McSweeney's , Greenman seamlessly assimilates Borges, Bartheleme, Chekhov and Calvino, developing asensibility at once wholly contemporary and tenderly reminiscent.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970335579
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Greenman
Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeney’s, Opium Magazine, the Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

I. Ill in '99 5
II. Notes On Revising Last Night's Dream 19
III. Paint It Shimmering Coral 20
Fragments from Microsoft! The Musical 23
IV. Snapshot 28
V. Stuck on Red: My Hopes and Dreams Detailed 57
VI. The Theft of a Knife 60
Fragments from Ivanka! The Musical 73
VII. In the Presence of the General 79
VIII. Getting Nearer to Nearism 84
IX. Ten Kinds of Things, A-H 93
Fragments from Dylan! The Variety Show 103
X. Notes To a Paper You Wouldn't Understand 109
Fragments from Elian! The Musical 116
IX. Blurbs 123
VIII. Reeling 126
VII. Hart Hurts His Hand 133
Fragments from Election! The Musical 145
VI. A Big Fight Scene Between Two Men With the Same Name 153
V. Struggle in Nine 155
IV. In Shuvalov's Library 160
Fragments from The Death of the Musical! The Musical 179
III. Marlon Brando's Dreaming 187
II. Fun With Time 192
I. What 100 People, Real and Fake, Believe About Dolores 194
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