The Rush for Second Place Essays and Occasional Writings William Gaddis published only four novels during his lifetime but with those works he earned himself a reputation as one of America s greatest novelists Less well known is Gaddis s body of excellent

  • Title: The Rush for Second Place: Essays and Occasional Writings
  • Author: William Gaddis Joseph Tabbi
  • ISBN: 9780142002384
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • William Gaddis published only four novels during his lifetime, but with those works he earned himself a reputation as one of America s greatest novelists Less well known is Gaddis s body of excellent critical writings Here is a wide range of his original essays, some published for the first time From Stop Player Joke No 4, Gaddis s first national publication and tWilliam Gaddis published only four novels during his lifetime, but with those works he earned himself a reputation as one of America s greatest novelists Less well known is Gaddis s body of excellent critical writings Here is a wide range of his original essays, some published for the first time From Stop Player Joke No 4, Gaddis s first national publication and the basis for his projected history of the player piano, to the title essay about missed opportunities in America during the past fifty years, to Old Foes with New Faces, an examination of the relationship between the writer and the problem of religion this diverse collection displays the power of an autonomous literary intelligence in an age increasingly dominated by political and religious conservatism.

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    1. William Gaddis Joseph Tabbi

      William Gaddis was the author of five novels He was born in New York December 29, 1922 The circumstances why he left Harvard in his senior year are mysterious He worked for The New Yorker for a spell in the 1950s, and absorbed experiences at the bohemian parties and happenings, to be later used as material in The Recognitions Travel provided further resources of experience in Mexico, in Costa Rica, in Spain and Africa and, perhaps strangest to imagine of him, he was employed for a few years in public relations for a pharmaceutical corporation.The number of printed interviews with Gaddis can be counted on one hand he wondered why anyone should expect an author to be at all interesting, after having very likely projected the best of themselves in their work He has been frequently compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and especially Pynchon Gaddis s first novel, The Recognitions 1955 is a 956 page saga of forgery, pretension, and desires misguided and inexpressible Critical response to the book ranged from cool to hostile, but in most cases as Jack Green took pains to show in his book of rebuke, Fire the Bastards Reviewers were ill prepared to deal with the challenge, and evidently many who began to read The Recognitions did not finish The novel s sometimes great leaps in time and location and the breadth and arcane pedigree of allusions are, it turns out, fairly mild complications for the reader when compared with what would become the writer s trademark the unrestrained confusion of detached and fragmentary dialogue Gaddis s second book, JR 1975 won the National Book Award It was only a 726 pages long driven by dialogue The chaos of the unceasing deluge of talk of JR drove critics to declare the text unreadable Reading Gaddis is by no means easy, but it is a lacerating and artfully sustained attack on capitalism than JR, and The Recognitions.Carpenter s Gothic 1985 offered a shorter and accessible picture of Gaddis s sardonic worldview The continual litigation that was a theme in that book becomes the central theme and plot device in A Frolic of His Own 1994 which earned him his second National Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction There are even two Japanese cars called the Isuyu and the Sosumi.His final work was the novella Agap Agape which was published in 2002 Gaddis died at home in East Hampton, New York, of prostate cancer on December 16th, 1998.

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    1. This is a collection of essays, speeches, reviews and occasional writings from 1951 to 1998 by William Gaddis, edited with notes by Joseph Tabbi The essays originally appeared inThe Atlantic Monthly The New York Times Harper s The New York Times Book Review The Yale Review Frankfurter Allgemenine Zeitung Some points Tabbi covers in the introduction William Gaddis wrote a good deal of criticism published very few commentaries on the work of his contemporaries did not like to comment on his own wo [...]

    2. The Rush for Second Place is a merely slim collection of some of Gaddis s non fiction work, ranging from a book review, a small selection from his work on the secret history of the player piano, a bit autobiographical from his time on the Panama Canal, an updated satire featuring JR before congress, a few essays on such as religion and politics, a few speeches and tributes, and even a sample of the propaganda work he did to pay for food Making up for the thinness of this volume and one imagines [...]

    3. Publicado en lecturaylocura la carrera La carrera por el segundo lugar de William Gaddis Historia incompleta de la pianolaNada m s terminar de leer La carrera por el segundo lugar me vino a la cabeza la idea de que Gaddis no se sent a c modo fuera de sus obras de ficci n, como si el ensayo no fuera su medio de expresi n La publicaci n de estos ensayos y textos de ocasi n de manera p stuma me reafirman en la idea de que el autor no estaba demasiado convencido en vida y la introducci n y notas de [...]

    4. Complejo, con brillantes pasajes en determinados art culos Iluminador, aunque lejos de la eficacia de sus novelas Para aquellos que quieran completar lo le do en sus obras de ficci n.

    5. Assorted table scraps of a great author This collection includes a book review for Saul Bellow, some brief and humble acceptance speeches, a paragraph calling Dan Quayle a real fucker, a few scraps which later would become Agap Agape, and even some corporate propaganda which he wrote for money The centerpiece is the 1981 eponymous essay, about settling for mediocrity in American life It s a sadly poisonous rant, and Gaddis glittering style and dearth of references save this banal topic from tota [...]

    6. Some great stuff here, and particularly interesting to see his corporate writing Probably a collection for Completists only but that should be all of you.

    7. For a review of Agap Agape and The Rush for Second Place, check out Centring the Margins Essays and Reviews zero books books centr

    8. What Both Flesh and Not is to Wallace The Rush for Second Place is to Gaddis with a minor difference being that Wallace was a far enthusiastic and gifted non fiction writer This collection of miscellany is, sadly, predictably, weak tea compared to Gaddis quadruple espresso novels, though getting to hear his non fic voice was neat And it s neat too to get a very very small glimpse into how persistent certain themes symbols were to Gaddis, which come up again and again in his work Yet here, that [...]

    9. William Gaddis is one of my three top writers of the past 50 years Pynchon, Gaddis, Wallace the Pantheon So, after I had gone through his fiction, there was nowhere else to turn but his nonfiction and his letters This collection of essays is quite uneven in quality, and I must say, his nonfiction narrative style tends to be bottom heavy as far as his sentences go e.g long predicates etc The way I was characterizing it to myself was that he writes nonfiction grammatically like someone who slants [...]

    10. It s odd reading something fairly light by Gaddis his novels are both thick and dense, and while I ve always enjoyed them, it s generally taken me several days of reading to truly enter into them Polishing off a book of short essays, speeches, reviews, and other marginalia in a couple of hours thus feels a little weird it s got the Gaddis content, but it s not quite the Gaddis experience.With that said, there s certainly a fair bit that s illuminating here Gaddis meditations on art, the state, a [...]

    11. proof positive that the only thing stopping Gaddis from ending on a perfect streak was his obsession with the fucking player piano like why didn t u just read The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and call it quits dawg this even aside from the fact that the grand statement of his thoughts that mass communicable art is bad because individual talent and struggle is rendered obsolete and art is damaged is so callow and elitist AND it s like lots of composers see Conlon Nancarrow, J [...]

    12. nice pieces very helpful for those ones like me who try to understand his writing style to create a good translation so a great help for clarifying his outlook.but his novels are much beautiful than these nice piecesw he really had been quotations possessed well you know.ed to go with him Jesus did not let him, but said, Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis a how much [...]

    13. Siempre querremos m s Gaddis Es sorprendente la agudeza que ten a para se alar problemas sociales que todav a siguen vigentes A n as no es un libro que deban leer los que no han le do las cinco obras maestras de Gaddis Esto no es m s que un suplemento que nos recuerda lo mucho que extra aremos siempre la sensaci n impactante de leer sus novelas.Brutal su alocuci n al recibir el NBA por Jota Erre.

    14. this is a bit of a hodge podge of gaddis writing some speeches he gave, some notes he was keeping for player piano , so political observations he was a seemingly crusty grumpy old man i love it, and emulate that, and its fascinating to see behind the writing room door a bit there should be statues of william gaddis.

    15. Interesting material if you want to learn about Gaddis as a person or flesh out some of the ideas central to his writing, but ultimately tangential to his body of work as a whole

    16. Short but brilliant essays on the state of the State or, as Gaddis calls it, a collective fiction referring to the State.

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