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Cosmogony by Lucy Ives

Cosmogony

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Cosmogony by Lucy Ives
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Mar 09, 2021 | ISBN 9781593765996

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Praise

Praise for Lucy Ives and Loudermilk:

“This clever satire of writing programs exhibits, with persuasive bitterness, the damage wreaked by the idea that literature is competition.”  —The New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice

“Hilarious . . . A riotous success. Equal parts campus novel, buddy comedy and meditation on art-making under late capitalism, the novel is a hugely funny portrait of an egomaniac and his nebbish best friend.”  —The Washington Post

“Ives is either puncturing a myth about Iowa or advancing it; either option makes her book an indulgence . . . Ives’s interests point toward the philosophical, even the mystical. Loudermilk is not just funny; it becomes a layered exploration of the creative process . . . Ives approaches the students themselves with canny tenderness, and their work (which the novel excerpts, delightfully) with grave respect. Her own language is prickly and odd, with a distracted quality, as if she were trying to narrate while another voice is murmuring in her ear.”  —The New Yorker

“In a literary critical flourish, [Ives] combines elements of libertine novels, realist novels, social novels, inherited wealth lit, postmodern novels, period pieces, poetry, satire, and revenge plots . . . A funny and cutting novel whose critiques of inherited wealth and its effects on culture in the aughts will keep being true until a full redistribution of wealth, beginning with reparations, occurs.”  —The Nation

“Readers expecting yet another referendum on the MFA will be pleasantly surprised to discover a much stranger and more ambitious book. In Loudermilk, Ives has taken a subject notoriously difficult to make interesting–the difficulty of writing itself–and narrativized it into an elaborate plot peopled by avatars of the types Sontag enumerated decades ago.”  —The Believer

“Perfectly executed . . . Ives manages to subvert all expectations, and offers up one of the slyest, smartest looks at what it means to be a writer I’ve read; her every sentence sings, and they’re songs I’ll return to again and again.”  —NYLON

“The nuanced subversion of tropes and full-throttle self-indulgence of Ives’s writing lend a manic glee to this slyly funny and deeply intelligent novel.”  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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