By J.C. Hallman
Nearly twenty-five years in the past, Nicholson Baker released U and that i, the fretful and handwringing—but additionally groundbreaking—tale of his literary dating with John Updike. U and that i encouraged an entire sub-genre of enticing, wonderful writing approximately examining, yet what no tale of this kind has ever performed is inform its story from the instant of belief, that second if you notice that there's a author available in the market on the planet you might want to read—so you learn them. B & Me is that tale, the tale of J.C. Hallman researching and interpreting Nicholson Baker, and researching himself within the process.
Our courting to books within the electronic age, the function of paintings in an more and more commodified international, the ability nice writing has to alter us, those are on the middle of Hallman's research of Baker—questions he is grappled with, values he is come to doubt. yet in analyzing Baker's paintings, Hallman discovers the major to overcoming the malaise that has been plaguing him, during the books themselves and what he unearths and contemplates in his makes an attempt to appreciate them and their enigmatic writer: intercourse, ebook jackets, an outdated mattress and breakfast, love, Monica Lewinsky, Paris, marriage, extra intercourse, the logistics of libraries.
In the spirit of Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage and Elif Batuman's The Possessed, B & Me is literary self-archaeology: a humorous, irreverent, incisive tale of 1 reader's determined quest to revive ardour to literature, and every part he learns alongside the way.
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