In this Book

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This collection—derived from many impulses but unified through one distinctive sensibility—contains passionate subversive acts of language, oblique takes on American life, outbursts of comic genius, long meditations on the cruelty of contemporary customs, and funny, disturbing glimpses of daily life. Reality is rendered pitilessly real, and fantasy bares its teeth.
 
At once playful and devastatingly serious, the works in this collection employ a variety of forms—genres, anti-genres, fantasies, games—while highlighting the dangers and delights of contemporary life: Hollywood, tsunamis, war, the art world, AIDS, ambition, weapons of mass destruction, family values, perverse sexualities, urban violence, small change and big bucks, are all used to chum the waters of imagination and truth.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Current Events
  2. pp. 7-28
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  1. The Information Highway
  2. pp. 29-44
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  1. Nelly Helps Joe
  2. pp. 45-66
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  1. Hollywood Novelette
  2. pp. 67-136
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  1. The Derivation of the Kiss
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. Date Biting
  2. pp. 145-152
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  1. Wing Night
  2. pp. 153-182
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  1. Manifesto Dysfic
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Three Conflations Extemporized
  2. pp. 189-210
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  1. Parrots in Captivity (in captivity)
  2. pp. 211-230
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  1. Nowadays & Hereafter: the true animated fable
  2. pp. 231-257
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817380922
Related ISBN
9781573661393
MARC Record
OCLC
183294502
Pages
257
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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