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Verbivoracious Festschrift Volume Three: The Syllabus

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A monument to our insatiable verbivoracity, The Syllabus is an act of humble genuflection before the authors responsible for those texts which have transported us to the peak of readerly nirvana and back. The texts featured, chosen in a rapturous frenzy by editors and contributors alike, represent a broad sweep of the most important exploratory fiction written in the last ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published May 11th 2015 by Verbivoracious Press

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Ted
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: rii post-modernism
Rating: 3 1/4 for old men, 4 for whippersnappers smart/tenacious/misguided enough to try to tackle runaway post-modernism


An old man reviews a book of reviews of books not written for old men.

There are 100 reviews, and a final piece at the end of questionable genre.

For him, it was B.R. reading, one sheet review at a time.

Being limited to 500 words, and he a slow reader, they were about the right size to accompany the activity being engaged in. He did think, more than once, that perhaps a bit of
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Fionnuala
This syllabration of 'Reading' is
as unputdownable as a Beckett umbrella
twice as useful as a Flann O'Brien bicycle
and as multi-layered as a Joyce quotation...

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Scribble Orca
May 04, 2015 added it
Recommends it for: self-respecting readers of innovative fiction
Recommended to Scribble by: Verbivoracious Press
Nicholls and Forester have succeeded in not only selecting a stellar collection of neglected writers to fete, but in nabbing, not only some rather well-known artistic or literary figures, but a broad swathe of contributors from around the globe, all of whom bring her or his own unique perspective, whether critical or in mimicry, to the text(s) forming The Syllabus. Not a slight achievement for an unfunded nano-press only slightly over a year old.

The texts are, without doubt, and testament to the
...more
MJ Nicholls
May 04, 2015 marked it as my-writing
It's here.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Just arrived. Can't decide if I'll read it. Looks kind of... well, pornographic.

............later that day.......

Just finished reading.... and, well, it is pornographic. Probably something to be bold and strutting about because here is a Syllabus of books and assorted reading matter and texts which will join such Illustrious Lists of Required Reading as
D. Barthelme's Syllabus
The McCaffery 100
Rabelais' Codpiece
The Shandian Spawn
Moore's Encyclopedias and every damn list Moore might spin
Paul Gleas
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Sam Moss
[Full disclosure: I have an essay in this collection.]
[Full disclosure: The essay is on Felipe Alfau's 'Chromos' a book that I enjoyed, but did not feel in any way qualified to write an essay--of any length or quality--on.]
[Full disclosure: I don't write essays. I write fiction. Mmm-hmm...try to write fiction, anyways.]
[Full disclosure: I was solicited to write for this collection pretty much out of nowhere.]
[Full disclosure: Of all the prior projects I have been solicited to write for (read:~2)
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Verbivoracious Press
May 04, 2015 marked it as our-books
Compiling the third VP festschrift was an agonising process of cruel discrimination and random elimination. At nights, in our beds, texts called out to us to be included in the final 100 . . . from across the room, Natalie Sarraute’s Tropisms sang its praises in a soft whimper, Carlos Fuentes’s Christopher Unborn stomped and howled in envious rage, Harry Mathews’s Tlooth slid under the covers for an attempted seduction. Dozens of texts were teased and rebuffed as the list solidified into the fin ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
May 06, 2015 added it
Recommends it for: Assessors of applications for grant or P3 funding for content aggregation by vanity publishers
Syllabus Lovers: Lore and Legend

Remember when
The web was wee,
You printed the
Reviews you'd found?
Well now it's grown,
There's hundreds more.
You might want to
Have them all bound!
Jeff Bursey
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Like most collections of writing on writing, by many hands, this is hit or miss. The main attraction of this book is in reading how readers (who may also be writers) respond to books that have come their way. Some are captured immediately and emotionally, others are intellectual about the books they value. The misses often revolve around pastiches, which if a book or writer is unfamiliar will not really tell the uninitiated much of use. The Syllabus does slot in with the Complete Review guide pu ...more
John Trefry
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A kaleidoscopic romp through the well-worn and overlooked touchstones of mostly western literature. A great "nudge" gift for your favorite highschool English teacher who still has it bad for "Of Mice and Men" or "A Farewell to Arms."
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