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Markson, experimental psalmist, engraves another chorus of art[ist(ic;ry)]-anecdotes in his progressive tetralogy(he dares the word's deployment!).
"Nonlinear. Discontinuous. Collage-like. An assemblage. As is already more than self-evident." (12)
Death floats in and out among the cast of persons, as dates and cities and regrets shimmer briefly, then move on. Then move on. Then move. Then.
"A seminonfictional semifiction. Obstinately cross-referential and of cryptic interconnective synta...more
The premise is simple: an author is reorganizing a stack of index cards, each of which bears a factoid. He has them pretty much in the order he likes, and this is what you, the reader, are presented with.
But it is what goes on in your head while readin...more
The Artist's Life: Markson as Apologist. This book is awesome. I can see the comparisons to Powell, but actually I did not like the Interrogative Mood that much...I found it tiring and at times arbitrary. But I really liked this book, and it seems to have a throughline. It's melancholy, beautiful, lonely, and strangely crowded as well. In the world that Markson envisions, art is built upon and built upon; nothing is created in a vacuum. Art is a continuing...more
The writing seems awkward at first: rather stilted, with an affectation for dangling prepositions and, to use a word supplied by the novel itself, aposiopeses. Odd though it sounds, the style is uni...more
Irony and the failure to recognize what’s important in art.
Authors and their deaths.
Artists who were illegitimate or sired illegitimate children.
Artists who became famous after abandoning other professions.
The friendships of celebrity thinkers (philosophers) and scientists with artists.
Artists and their relationships with lovers or spouses.
Artists and expectations for them given their education or literacy.
Feuds between artists and snarky things said about each other.
“Realizing that all of Byron...more
What passes for a protagonist, referred to as Author is also writing a book...Also composed on 3x5 index cards.
Reviewer assumes that the technique employed is to be by defining the negative space of a narrative like a M.C. Escher drawing of fish.
Reviewer agrees that this is interesting, but difficult to pull off, and wonders how well it will go.
The cards are little factoids, such...more
but is it really a novel? you think not? well, who died and made you queen of novel demarcation?
novel or not, it is, all the same, a delightful bit of nonfiction fiction: it is, quite literally, little bits of literature and history and art and biography and criticism and philosophy and the classics and life and death and even a well-defined yet subtle tale tucked in amongst all of this
Mr. David Markson, it was so nice to make your brilliant and wise acquaintance; thank you for...more
which happens to be the year Author was born.
Reviewer made that bit up, about the number of anecdotes.
But not the bit about Author being born.
What was it Author quotes Anatole France as having said on page thirty-one?
Brahms was forty-three before he completed his first symphony.
A symphony is no joke--unquote,
says Author on page twenty-four.
This Is Not a Novel.
Reviewer is intrigued that this novel reads like a collection...more
When people asked me what I was reading, I found the question hard to answer, in part because I didn't really know what I was reading. The blurb on the back of the book helped, and I had to check goodreads for reviews to help me appreciate _Vanishing Point._ It didn't take much, and once I started to understand, I really enjoyed this book.
The premise is simple enough - the Au...more
It was I, she says, and shuffles on.
-David Markson, Vanishing Point
I would recommend to individuals with a large knowledge of history, literature, music and art. Nearly every line in this book is a reference.
The end of the book is strangely haunting and really brought all parts previous together in a satisfying conclusion which left me with a good impression upon finishing the n...more
|21st Century Lite...: The Final Pages||15||21||Dec 22, 2012 06:54am|
|21st Century Lite...: The Author||14||44||Dec 22, 2012 06:42am|
|21st Century Lite...: Resources and General Discussion (no spoilers!)||22||45||Dec 09, 2012 07:35am|
|21st Century Lite...: About the first fifty pages||6||33||Dec 03, 2012 09:48pm|
|21st Century Lite...: The Middle (approx. pp. 50-150)||1||10||Dec 01, 2012 09:57am|
|21st Century Lite...: What to Read Dec 2012: Open Pick has been chosen (closed)||13||66||Nov 23, 2012 09:11pm|
Markson's work is characterized...more