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Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish by Tom McCarthy
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May 09, 2017 | ISBN 9781681370866

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“[Tom McCarthy] is one of the few writers who not only illuminates his subject matter but also takes our understanding down new paths. There is an enormously wide frame of reference here, from Aristotle to MC Hammer, and it never feels forced.” —Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

“Perhaps only in a Tom McCarthy essay would profound philosophical insight be pulled from both William Faulkner and M.C. Hammer. Such is the brainy, playful and always subversive power of McCarthy’s first collection, Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish….[McCarthy is] an adept stylist, in the vein of Nabokov, and never fails to deliver dazzling twists of language and meaning. Each essay impresses with the author’s preternatural intelligence. Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish will entice lovers of art and literature.” —Scott Neuffer, Shelf Awareness

“Reading Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish is like receiving a map of all the space that art, literature, and culture have carved out for each other. . . . This is the kind of book that deepens your appreciation of the subjects you’ve previously encountered, and sends you to seek out the ones you haven’t.” —Gabe Habash, Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Stimulating, intellectually exciting, and highly imaginative.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“McCarthy’s fiction and nonfiction aim to skewer an ideology of authenticity that is fed and watered by a certain humanist conception of literature.” —Simon Critchley

“McCarthy’s crisp, clean prose is stimulating, his concepts original and his visual imagery powerful.” —Layla Sanai, The Independent

Table Of Contents

Provisional Table of Contents
1          18 Semiconnected Thoughts on Michel de Certeau, On Kawara, Fly Fishing, and Various Other Things
13       From Feedback to Reflux: Kafka’s Cybernetics of Revolt
23       Get Real; or, What Jellyfish Have to Tell Us About Literature
35       The Prosthetic Imagination of David Lynch
43       On Dodgem Jockeys: A Suggested Alternative Career for Writers
45       Meteomedia, or Why London’s Weather is in the Middle of Everything
56       Nothing Will Have Taken Place Except The Place
71       Recessional – or, the Time of the Hammer
87       Richter Article
94       Stabbing the Olive
106     The Geometry of the Pressant
117     On Balls and Planes: An Introduction to The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Stern
135     Kool Thing, or Why I Want to Fuck Patty Hearst
139     Why Ulysses Matters

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