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James Greer

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"James Greer, one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers, has, with his latest novel The Failure, pulled off a sublime and shivery-smooth literary hat-trick-cum-emotional-gotcha. I defy anyone to come up with an equation to explain how this book's first impression as a ridiculously clever, funny crime story can gradually disclose a metanovel built from far more encyclopedic scratch only to reveal upon its conclusion a central, overriding thought so heartfelt literally it trembles your lower lip. This is one stunning piece of work."
--Dennis Cooper, author of Ugly Man

"James Greer's The Failure is such an unqualified success, both in conception and execution, that I have grave doubts he actually wrote it."
--Steven Sode
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I haven’t posted much here at North of Onhava in the last year or two. Or three. I’m not sure. I lose track of time easily. The reason I haven’t [...]

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Average rating: 3.85 · 636 ratings · 92 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
Guided by Voices: A Brief H...

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Artificial Light

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The Failure

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Everything Flows

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L'échec

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Artificial Light

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The Bear

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Heart of the Matter

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A Parasol in a Hurricane

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A Miracle of Zeros and Ones

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“Function? Why function? Who needs more functioning human beings? It's really quite astounding, if you ask me, the sheer quantity of normal in the world today. I think that's the real horror of modern life.”
James Greer, The Failure

“Several passages induced the shiver of aesthetic bliss in my spine that Nabokov famously described as the indicator of good and true writing. The whole thing is by turns hilarious and hilariously sad, artfully pin-holed with melancholy (my favorite drink)… Empty the Sun is an impressive achievement, as well as an excellent and I believe as yet unused name for a rock band.”
James Greer, Artificial Light

“There’s two different people. There’s Bobby, and then there’s Robert Pollard. Sometimes I forget,” says close friend Mike Lipps. He’s standing to the side, holding a beer, watching Bob surrounded by longtime, hard-core fans to whom he always allows access to the rock room. “I just can’t understand,” continues Mike, “how a guy who can make you laugh until it fucking hurts, who talks about nothing but sports and shit when we’re home, just like us, can write songs so beautiful they make you cry.”
James Greer, Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll




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