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Gilbert Sorrentino

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“THE JOYOUS HERESY THAT WILL NOT GO AWAY”

THE POETICS OF GILBERT SORRENTINO, by David Vichnar   The experimental nature of Gilbert Sorrentino’s (1929-2006)[1] work results from his highly idiosyncratic blend of influences and proceduralist approach to fiction. As he confided to Charles Trueheart of Publishers Weekly, “form not only determines content, but form invents content.”[2] Sorrentino’s output commingles poetry and prose to … Continue reading

SEVEN TYPES OF MARGINALITY

A review of HIDDEN AGENDAS: UNREPORTED POETICS, edited by Louis Armand, featuring Ali Alizadeh, Livio Beloi, Jeremy Davies, Stephan Delbos, Michel Delville, Johanna Drucker, Michael Farrel, Allen Fisher, D.J. Huppatz, Vincent Katz, Stephen Muecke, Jena Osman, Michael Rothenberg, Lou Rowan, Kyle Schlesinger, Robert Shepperd, Stephanie Strickland, John Wilkinson (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2010). Reprinted from BIG BRIDGE, … Continue reading

A SICKNESS CALLED AMERICA

“A Sickness Called America: Thor Garcia’s The News Clown,” by Jim Chaffee, originally published in nthposition.   This is a coming of age novel. Its protagonist Thor ascends to manhood not by battling Don Cossacks, Bashkirs and Kazakhs along the Russian steppes like Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov or by following the way of the picaro as … Continue reading

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