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Fetishists, dreamers, voyeurs, internet porn addicts, granola-heads, drug dealers, dorks, liars, layabouts, workaholics, sex maniacs, TV junkies, compulsives, neurotics, intellectuals, idealists: graduate students, all. In this book about the complicated experience of pursuing a Ph.D., Matthew Roberson details the curious world of a group stuck between childhood and adulth ...more
Paperback, 261 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Fiction Collective 2
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Robert
On it's own, this is an excellent novel, but I would recommend that it be read alongside Suckenick's 98.6, because the complementarity it establishes is quite amazing. 1998.6 also serves not only as an interpretation, but also an application of 98.6.
Melanie Page
I didn't read 98.6 first, so I struggled with this one. Years later, I brought both books into a class I was teaching. The lesson: borrowing/stealing. Some passages from the beginning of the two texts are identical! I want to know more about this book, and 98.6--until then, I don't want to rate it.

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Mike
Agreed. It serves as a solid commentary on graduate study, voyeurism and communal relations, but really needs to be read alongside Sukenick's 98.6, if only to celebrate how different the similarities really are.
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Matthew Roberson coordinates the creative writing program at Central Michigan University. FC2 published his first novel, 1998.6, in 2002 and just published his second, Impotent. SUNY Press published Musing the Mosaic: Approaches to Ronald Sukenick in 2003. His work has also appeared in Fiction International, Fourteen Hills, Black Ice, Diagram,Clackamas Literary Review, Journal of Experimental Fict ...more
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