An Anthology of Pseudo-interviews, Faux-lectures, Quasi-letters, "found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts

Paperback - 2012
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In our bureaucratized culture, we're inundated by documents: itineraries, instruction manuals, permit forms, primers, letters of complaint, end-of-year reports, accidentally forwarded email, traffic updates, ad infinitum. David Shields and Matthew Vollmer, both writers and professors, have gathered forty short fictions that they've found to be seriously hilarious and irresistibly teachable (in both writing and literature courses): counterfeit texts that capture the barely suppressed frustration and yearning that percolate just below the surface of most official documents. The innovative stories collected in Fakes--including ones by Ron Carlson (a personal ad), Amy Hempel (a complaint to the parking department), Rick Moody (Works Cited), and Lydia Davis (a letter to a funeral parlor)--trace the increasingly blurry line between fact and fiction and exemplify a crucial form for the twenty-first century.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393341959
Characteristics: 361 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vollmer, Matthew
Shields, David 1956-


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KCLSRecommends May 06, 2014

Isn't all fiction 'fake'?! Editor Shields has collected a wide assortment of such stories, 'disguised' as instruction manuals, personal ads, parking ticket appeals, and much more from many of today's most acclaimed writers, including Rick Moody, Lydia Davis, J.G. Ballard and many more. Parody and satire abound, some of these short entries are simply laugh-out-loud funny!


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