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See What I See: Essays

See What I See: Essays

by Greg Gerke

Paperback(Second edition)

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What does it mean today to experience a work of art? Where can we turn in search of the genuine, the sincere, the truly accomplished? And even if we were to find them, would we know how to acknowledge their value? The essays in See What I See are the fruits of a lifetime spent grappling with these questions. By turns lyrical and arch, they seek answers in the artistic achievements of the great masters—from Gaddis and Gass to Kubrick and Rohmer—as well as in less likely places. For Greg Gerke, the nectar of aesthetic experience is found as often in the human body as in poetry or prose. This new and expanded version of See What I See, with an introduction by noted scholar Steven Moore, is the perfect companion for the bookworm or cinephile. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953409010
Publisher: Zerogram Press
Publication date: 04/07/2021
Edition description: Second edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Greg Gerke lives in Brooklyn, NY. His collection of stories Especially the Bad Things was published in the U.K. in 2019.

Table of Contents

Foreword Steven Moore 9

The Writing Life

Living Words 9

On or About 25

On Influence 29

A Year with Wallace Stevens 37

A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts' 46

Doses of Medicine 51

Holy Hill 55

Stylized Despair 64

Going Steady with Gertrude 69

How to Live, What to Read 75

The Sound Is the Story 78

Remembering William H. Gass 84

The Self that Did So Much 88

William Gaddis and American Justice 92

William Gaddis' Compositional Self 98

Envy, the Unsuccessful Writer's Friend 104

The Patrick White Experience 107

An Adultery 112

Return to Enigma 117

The One and Only Autobiographical Writer 123

Why Write? 127

Real Life

Paris Doesn't Belong to Us 133

On Eating Combos 157

On Being Looked At 160

Highlight 166

The Silver Screen

Oh for Antonioni 179

Does Eric Rohmer Have the All of Me? 189

Bergman's Spell 208

Rossellini's Bergman 214

All Naked, All the Time 223

Pain Pays the Income of Each Precious Thing 229

Mr. Fincher and Monsieur Dreyer 243

Paul Thomas Anderson: An Autocritique 260

Toni Erdmann and the Anti-Hollywood Ending 266

Nearer My Hong Sang-soo to Me 270

Take This Waltz, Then Move On? 277

Mr. Turner, Boyhood, and Criticism 288

Acknowledgments 293

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