Monday, February 25, 2008

More Book Blurbs for Sale

"Seriously, I am not kidding, these sentences are so literally sharp that they have literally cut my eyes into tiny little pieces and I am writing this by memory. The blood has run down my face. I can feel the warmth and taste the iron. So, if you would like this to experience such literally sharp sentences and never read again, then this is the book for you. Just try to get everything else in before you look at the first page. Even seeing the cover will give you a black eye."

--Josh Maday



"Barthelme, Barth, Coover, Pynchon, Saunders, Delillo, Calvino, Markson, Vollmann, Ballard, Foster Wallace, Murakami, Joyce, Proust, Evenson, Jarry, Celine, Chekhov, Conrad, Dostoevsky, Faulkner, Johnson, Palahniuk, Roth, James, Amis, Updike, Houellebecq, McCarthy, Borges, Hawkes, Robbe-Grillet, Camoin, Martone, Bellow, Marx, Thompson, Selby Jr., Freud, Nabokov, Heidegger, Davis, Olsen, Gass, Hemingway, Lethem, Kerouac, Bernhard, Carver, Wittgenstein, Lish, Lowry, Deleuze, Steinbeck, Camus, Marquez, Bataille, Burroughs, Link, Self, D'Agata, D'Ambrosio, Balzac, Hegel, Kharms, Babel, Ashbery, Melville, Saramago, Gardner, Okri, Blanchot, Vonnegut, Thomas, Rimbaud, Cheever, Olen Butler, Heller, Baldacci, Dreiser, Morrison, Auster, Danielewski, Sartre, Tolstoy, Sontag, Lem, Miller, Maslow, Dworkin, Capote, Hardy, Hesse, Beckett, Pirandello, Solzhenitsyn, Chomsky, Dawkins, Machiavelli, Sade, Mallarme, Valery, Einstein, Waugh, Wodehouse, Zola, Dickens, Emerson, Kierkegaard, Thoreau, King, Grisham, Hawking, Steele, Higgins Clark, Spinoza, Oates, Kafka, Eliot, Poe, Orwell, Lahiri, Franzen, Smith, Patterson, Clancy, McEnroe, Adorno, Jameson, Calvino, Carver, Gass, Joyce, Barth, Barthelme, Saunders, Borges, and so so many more . . ."

--Josh Maday

3 comments:

Bradley Sands said...
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Bradley Sands said...

Oops. I just wanted to change a word.

Nine people have asked me to write them blurbs. I wrote eight of them. One was for a short animated film. Another was for a gothic rock band. I do not understand why people ask me to write them blurbs.

I published a story called 'I Will Endorse Your Novel for Crack' in my literary journal.

In England, endorsement=blurb, I guess. There were some good blurbs in it.

In England, excerpt=extract, I think.

Josh Maday said...

I think it is a good thing when people want you to write a statement that they will put on their product where you tell people looking at their product why they should buy it. I think that means you have credibility, people respect your opinion. I think a lot of book blurbs are funny and hyperbolic, and they work a lot of the time even though most people who read know that blurbs are a poor way to decide whether a book or a movie or something is worth buying. But sometimes the names of the people endorsing a product are what will draw us out to try something new. It's a tangled web.

In England, color=colour, and coffee=tea.

This is fun.