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This is Not It

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In This Is Not It, Lynne Tillman's collection of 20 years' worth of important and compelling short stories and novellas, the protagonists seduce you into their lives and thoughts. Engaging, funny, elegant and ironic, Tillman takes the reader to new heights of wit and meaning through staccato phrases, grammatical twists and sensuous language. Familiar worlds of honesty, ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published October 2nd 2002 by Bianco & Cucco (first published January 1st 2002)
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MJ Nicholls
Classy and thought-provoking stories from the Manhattan-based multimedia artist.

Tillman has a distinctive approach to storytelling. She approaches the page like an artist approaches her canvas, painting vivid and surreal pictures of strange, hyperreal worlds. "Madame Realism" is a recurring character whose presence lends the book a metaphysical depth, an intellectual peculiarity.

It does suffer from its unrelentingly abstract approach, but the variety of technical display is kept impressively
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Bold and engaging ... probing and daring, Tillman moves beyond expectancy, to formulate an honest look into how we collect our thoughts, our selves, as well as how we loose track of them ... with fluid and brilliant flashes of wit, charm, and insight throughout, it's worth a good go.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a writer and visual artist, I imagine Lynne Tillman approaching and retreating from the text as canvas, putting on a smear of story and then ruminating on what has been done. She consistently questions herself in the role of a writer, particularly in the Paige stories, when "Paige on the page" struggles to find her writing voice and her place in the word, I almost wrote world. I enjoyed the travel between levels of narrative awareness Tillman flows through; writer as creator, writer as ...more
Sep 05, 2007 rated it did not like it
This is not...a lot of things. I didn't finish this collection. Pretentious & vapid. Yawn.
Jul 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
i really thought this was gonna be cool. it wasn't. it made me wanna eat my eyeballs. after a while, even the art isn't that interesting. lame.
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faves are "Living With Contradictions" and "Lust For Loss"
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Heres an Authors Bio. It could be written differently. Ive written many for myself and read lots of other peoples. None is right or sufficient, each slants one way or the other. So, a kind of fiction selection of events and facts.. So let me just say: I wanted to be a writer since I was eight years old. That I actually do write stories and novels and essays, and that they get published, still

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