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A Memoir Of No One In Particular
     

A Memoir Of No One In Particular

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by Daniel Harris
 

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Many complain that the memoir has overtaken the novel and has become too influential in our current literary scene. But no one has actually done anything about it. There have been no satires or parodies of the genre-until now.In A Memoir of No One in Particular, our author approaches his life as if he were a specimen in a biologist's petrie dish. Rather than

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Many complain that the memoir has overtaken the novel and has become too influential in our current literary scene. But no one has actually done anything about it. There have been no satires or parodies of the genre-until now.In A Memoir of No One in Particular, our author approaches his life as if he were a specimen in a biologist's petrie dish. Rather than giving the usual narrative account, No One in Particular tells his own personal history as a gay white male by probing the banalities of daily living and the unexplored territory of the commonplace. Dispens-ing with clichéd and romanticized reminiscences, he revels in the minutiae and mundane habits and rituals of modern daily living, and finds his own unique contraption of selfhood amongst this quotidian detritus.Why is he No One in Particular? Although he can hardly claim to be Everyman, this very anonymity sardonically thumbs its literary nose at all those who must tell their unique stories. Equal parts spoof, satire, memoir, essay, literary criticism, and autobiography, this is a radical new book that will dare you to love it.

Editorial Reviews

Instinct
A satisfyingly politically incorrect portrait of a gay man.
Washington Post
Entertaining, sharp-witted and grandiloquently titled...A deeply humanist story of an appealingly self-conscious life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465028443
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/27/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.89(d)
Lexile:
1840L (what's this?)

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Meet the Author


Daniel Harris is the author of Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic as well as The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture. He lives and draws in Brooklyn.

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