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The Compleat Memoirrhoids: 137.n

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"[Katz] reprises the pleasure of everything he has ever written, and yet it is utterly singular. No one who cares about America's literary and art scene in the sixties should fail to read it."—R. M. Berry, author of Frank

Employing the "fine structure constant" that has tantalized physicists for decades, celebrated novelist Steve Katz conjures his life story from 137 discre
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Hardcover, 392 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Starcherone Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Jul 14, 2013 added it
Recommends it for: Katz of all persuasions
Recommended to Nathan "N.R." by: Steve Katz
......said all the interesting modern minds in the arts were painters, no interesting modern writers. I should have flown my Beckett up his nose, mummied him in Thomas Mann, stuffed his pants with Edward Dahlberg. But I kept my mouth shut, as I too often do when I hear stupid...


Most memoirs are written as fake novels. The better memoirs, one may presume, know that this is what they are. Steve Katz knew better than to attempt a narrative arc of his life. As an alternative to the fake novel he cho
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MJ Nicholls
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
An omnium-gatherum of Katzland. An abecedarian trek into Steveworld. Steve discusses his travels. Steve waxes on his childhood in Washington Heights. Steve discusses his travels. Steve waxes on his childhood in Washington Heights. Steve mentions The Exagggerations of Peter Prince (several times—hinting this is his favourite novel). Steve discusses his travels. And so on. This selection of memoirrhoids is as unreliable, vivid, banal, personal-emotional, and revealing as one’s memory tends to be, ...more
Grady
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A universe of memories from the guru of concise expression

If it is possible that the name Steve Katz doesn’t push your buttons, then a bit of bio may help: ‘Steve Katz (born May 1935) is an American writer. He is considered an early post-modern or avant-garde writer for works such as The Exaggerations of Peter Prince (1968), and Saw (1972). His collection of stories, Creamy & Delicious (1970), was mentioned in Larry McCaffery's list of the 100 greatest books of the 20th century where it was name
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Peter Landau
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
How could I not read a book called THE COMPLEAT MEMOIRRHOIDS: 137 .n? And Steve Katz complains throughout about his man-boobs. It’s like this was written just for me! The avant-garde writer who came to attention in the 1960s is still with us and hopefully he’s continuing to fill out this already thick volume of personal experiences that range from travel to art, family and growing up in Washington Heights. There’s a matter of factness to the reminisces that made me feel as if this could’ve been ...more
Steve
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't remember why I got this book, I bet the title had something to do with it as I am a fan of good memoir, autobiography, creative-nonfiction. It led me to a lot of Katz's fiction--and that of similar writers--which I have not connected with, but I keep coming back to this. I'm pretty sure the fact that it's a collection of smaller pieces has much to do with that. ...more
Jonathan
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The sheer range of experience recounted in these 137 memmoirhoids made me, in some cases, feel like I should really make an effort to get out of Queens a little bit more often and, in others, kind of glad I don't.
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Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An awesome, inspiring and fun read.
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Steve Katz (May 14, 1935 – August 4, 2019) was an American writer. He is considered an early post-modern or avant-garde writer for works such as The Exagggerations of Peter Prince (1968), and Saw (1972).

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