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The Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney

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Marvin K. Mooney, the enigmatic philosopher, has gone missing. Vanished. But we're left with his work—rambling, encyclopedic, destructive texts that call into question Marvin's own identity. Who is Marvin K. Mooney? And what has Christopher Higgs done with him? Only you, as reader, can find out.
Paperback, First, 352 pages
Published February 12th 2010 by Sator Press
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Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of experimental writing
Shelves: 2013, favorites
A strange, bizarre

Novel (no)
Story (no)
Collection of alphabetical symbols (maybe)
Non-fiction fiction?


And I still don't know where Marvin K. Mooney is. (He's so far out that he's no longer in left field; instead he's probably lurking & smoking on a street corner far away.)
Ken Baumann
I loved this book so much I published it.
Peter Tieryas
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Some of my thoughts on the book:

" caused me to question and question some more and wonder about my own approach to writing and the arts."
M- S__
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was ambitious and occasionally really interesting, but it's just too much, man. Higgs is so paranoid you're going to dismiss the book as not really a book that you eventually just end up dismissing the book as not really a book. It's just a little too tedious with not enough payoff. I might come back to it again though. I think if you're in the right mood and know what you're expecting, it might be a much livelier read. ...more
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels, reviewed
p. 321:

"Hey, what's that you're reading?"

You could answer a number of things, one of them being: "It is a new work of creative nonfiction by Marvin K. Mooney."

In a follow-up, you may be asked:

"What's it about?"

To which you can safely reply: "It is a text about itself. It is pretentious, egomaniacal, megalomaniacal, and hardly worth my time; but for some reason I continue to read it - perhaps I am being forced to at gunpoint, perhaps I am slightly enjoying it."


And to that I would add that it
Bobby Dixon
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I do not know how to articulate my enjoyment of this book. It's a book that begins before the title page, whatever that means. Or it begins on the title page, maybe. It kind of doesn't matter, it is still fun though.

It's technically a book w/ words, but sometimes there are images, and some times there is a page w/ a single word on it. Example, chapter seven, The Eight Word Essay:

p. 136 This
p. 137 essay
p. 138 is
p. 139 about
p. 140 the
p. 141 destruction
p. 142 of
p. 143 nature.

Some people may -- w
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If the broad description of the book is intriguing to you, then you will probably enjoy the journey that is this book. If not, then it is probably not likely to be an enjoyable read for you.

The experience of this book is extremely different. It is more work and more involved for the reader and yet it is more readable in that you don't have to follow a plot and characters through a typical narrative arc. I enjoyed it immensely.

I also listened to the audiobook and found it to be intriguing in its
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was so odd, I don't really know WHAT to say about it, but I guess that was the point. That IS generally the point of meta-fiction, isn't it?
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(b. 1978) in Kansas, grew up in Wyoming, went to film school in Las Vegas, worked in the film industry in Los Angeles, volunteered for the Peace Corps in West Africa, received MA in English from the University of Nebraska, received MFA in creative writing from The Ohio State University, received PhD in Post-1900 American Literature & Culture from Florida State University.

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