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"Unique and compelling as the very souls they depict--from the unknown to the famous to the infamous--these stories are wildly inventive, sly, astute. There's a bit of Sir Thomas Browne (Borges, too) for the twenty-first century in these wizardly, magical narratives. The notion of 'pure reason' has rarely had a more subtle, comical, yet deeply humane alchemist at work in ...more
188 pages
Published January 2013 by Noemi
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Kyle Muntz
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Was lucky enough to get a copy of this book from Gabriel at AWP. For some reason I'd figured it would have at least a few essays in it (since, it mean, it shares a name with, I guess you could say, a somewhat notable philosophical text...), but while it certainly borrows--heavily, and broadly--from an an impressive number of theoretical backgrounds, this is fiction of one of the most well-realized visions I've come across in a long time, even if parts of the book didn't work for me. For the most ...more
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Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The mix of material around which Blackwell spins his stories is really impressive. Equations, fictional treatments of various historical figures, government reports on torture of the Marx brothers, and so on. There was little way of predicting what would come next. Highly intelligent and inventive without being overly cerebral, I dug these stories.
Matt
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot, at least most of it, and thought it was a fun and strange diversion. The book is divided into three sections, I'm guessing modeled on the original Critique, though there were times when I didn't quite follow the divisions.

My fave stories were in the middle section-- so "The Mystery of the Felsh," "Story (with Dog)," "The Little Death," which might re-do Blackwell's own _ShadowMan_, only better, and "A Model Made out of Card." It's probably no surprise that these are the
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