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Trying It Out in America: Literary and Other Performances

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The experimental genius of American artists-interpreted by one of our most dependably brilliant critics.

Richard Poirier suggests, in the title of his new book, that the United States has been uncommonly hospitable to literary and artistic experimentation, to innovation and daring. Just as the nation likes to imagine itself as always in a state of becoming and renewal, some
Paperback, 332 pages
Published May 16th 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published June 1st 1999)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Firstly, thank you to Friend Ian for pointing out to me that Poirier was one of Steven Moore’s critical mentors. Moore’s work continues the thesis from Poirier that the literary work of art, like all modes of art, is a matter of performance, a skilled deployment of the craft of making language dance.

Secondly, in regard to the tired trope on goodreads, against which I philosophize with a hammer, of denigrating any work of fiction which displays great talent, a vigorous vocabulary, a high degree
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