Crust

Crust Wild as sin and as exceptional as the lower reaches of insanity itself Norman Mailer One of the most perverse satires I ve ever read Jonathan Lethem A Vonnegut worthy satire Joshua Glenn Boston Globe

  • Title: Crust
  • Author: Lawrence Shainberg
  • ISBN: 9780976389583
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wild as sin and as exceptional as the lower reaches of insanity itself Norman Mailer One of the most perverse satires I ve ever read Jonathan Lethem A Vonnegut worthy satire Joshua Glenn, Boston Globe A postmodern examination of the self that teases the very idea of postmodernism that rare bit of lampoonery that is both humorous and smart Tod Goldberg, Los Wild as sin and as exceptional as the lower reaches of insanity itself Norman Mailer One of the most perverse satires I ve ever read Jonathan Lethem A Vonnegut worthy satire Joshua Glenn, Boston Globe A postmodern examination of the self that teases the very idea of postmodernism that rare bit of lampoonery that is both humorous and smart Tod Goldberg, Los Angeles Times Book Review Half DeLillo s Jack Gladney, professor of Hitler studies at College on the Hill, and half Christopher Hitchens, Linchak is a model pundit for a post 9 11 age death obsessed, long winded, addicted to Googling himself, and, on the sly, an inveterate nose picker Crust is about mindless compulsion, or the digital search for oblivion, or a comment on the jaded habits of a citizenry that s had its private domain annexed by omnipotent admen Zach Baron, Village VoiceThe epigraph for this uproarious novel is from Marcel Duchamp Everything that man handles has a tendency to secrete meaning In this case, the secretion begins as a crust in the nose of famed novelist Walker Linchak Its extraction leads to further secretion in the form of intellectual and spiritual insight into the habit once called nose picking a book, The Complete Book of Nasalism, a memoir about his breakthrough an endless succession of blog entries and a constant rush of e mail exchanges with friends like George W Bush, who is moved by Linchak s passion for the habit to confess his own on Larry King Live.Joining the stream of nose picking research and literature that already exists on the Internet, Linchak s secretion generates of the same in books, the visual arts, all forms of media, academic scholarship, and medical and scientific research on crusts and their extraction.Crust is the book that Swift would produce if he took on Information Glut.Lawrence Shainberg is the author of two novels One on One and Memories of Amnesia and the nonfiction books Brain Surgeon An Intimate View of His World and Ambivalent Zen His fiction and journalism have appeared in Esquire, Harper s Magazine, Tricycle, and The New York Times Magazine He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for a monograph on Samuel Beckett, published in The Paris Review.

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    1. I stumbled upon this at the Brooklyn Festival of the Book and was so intrigued by the Norman Mailer blurb (which I present to you below in full) that I had to have it (being penniless, this meant cajoling the good people hawking it into giving me a free copy). I mean, have you ever seen a blurb like this? "Crust is unique. I know of no other novel remotely like it. The first words that come to mind are daring, daunting, irreligious in the extreme, an academic send-up and a grasp with no small gr [...]

    2. Crust was a good book for me to read. And it was good for me to read some reviews afterwards. Norman Mailer clearly, in his blurb on the Two Dollar Radio edition, reads the novel waaaaaay differently than I do. I had a suspicion that most critics probably read this book more like Mailer does than like I do. I was correct. It is a satire, sure. The book is not always very strong as social critique, however. If you were to read this whole book as farce and cunning mockery I cannot see how you coul [...]

    3. I had no idea when I picked up this book that it is about boogers. More specifically, about nose-picking. Or, to couch it in the academic terms used within the book, "nasalism." Hilarious send-up of the publishing industry and academic research!

    4. This book is an arduous read of a fictional phase of human philosophy known as Nasalism (i.e nose picking). Although it had an underlying message of social thought and actions, the explicit discussion of nose picking and boogers discussed me to the point that I was unable to finish the book.

    5. This is a very strange novel on an equally strange topic. Very funny nevertheless, and a great send-up of those who take themselves too seriously. Not for the squeamish, however.

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