A Nest of Ninnies
James Schuyler and I began writing A Nest of Ninnies purely by chance," writes John Ashbery in his new introduction to this classic of American comic fiction. "We were in a car being driven by the young cameraman, Harrison Starr, with his father as a passenger in the front seat . . . Jimmy said, 'Why don't we write a novel?' And how do we do that, I asked. 'It's easy—you w...more
Divine. A camp novel combining the wryness of Ivy Compton-Burnett and the mise-en-scene of, let's say, Cheever -- a send-up of suburban doldrums. Nest is like a gay(er) episode of Bewitched, with dinner-party debacles replacing supernatural hi-jinks. (Strange gourmets.)
But the setting is mostly irrelevant. You read this novel -- cowritten by two wits, Ashbery and Schuyler -- for the hilarious tonal shifts. Any excerpt fails to conve ...more
John Ashbery, Pulitizer-winning poet of some 83 years is apparently on Goodreads, by the way, a fact I doubt very strongly.