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The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature: The Collected Writings of Neal Pollack

de Neal Pollack

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Neal Pollack has been the Greatest Living American Writer across six decades, seven continents, and ten wives. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Booker Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award (twice), and the Premio Simon Bolivar for contributions to the people's struggle in Latin America. In 1985, Pollack's writing was declared "beyond our meager standards" by the Swedish Academy With the publication of The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, the definitive collection of his work in English, a new generation of readers is set to discover nothing less than the ultimate meaning of human existence on earth. This astonishing work of fictitious nonfiction, the funniest and most creatively styled postmodernist confection of its time, has been universally praised as the best book ever written except for maybe Don Quixote and The Shipping News. The Anthology -- now expanded, updated, and thoroughly repaginated -- answers, once and for all, the question that has plagued American society in general, and literary critics in particular, since Neal Pollack was born: "Who is Neal Pollack?" At last, we know.… (més)
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I particularly enjoyed “Introduction to the New Slavery.” Recommended by Simon Rich, and it’s easy to see parallels: very short stories, highly ironic, absurd scenarios, punchy, declarative sentences. ( )
  theoldlove | Apr 12, 2023 |
This book seems to either irritate or entertain readers - nothing in between. Call me entertained. Neal Pollack (meaning the voice of this book) is kind of a literary Stephen Colbert (meaning the TV character). Examples: his 1983 Sarah Lawrence commencement speech, "I Have Slept with 500 Women"; a transcript of his surprise appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show while she's interviewing Toni Morrison and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Oprah is thrilled, Toni Morrison giggles when he flirts with her (she even says "tee hee"), and HLG says he learned so much about being a black man by reading Pollack's essay, "I am friends with a working class black woman".

This is the kind of book you read a few pages at a time while you're waiting for water to boil. Maybe the irritated readers tried to read it all the way through. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
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Neal Pollack has been the Greatest Living American Writer across six decades, seven continents, and ten wives. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Booker Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award (twice), and the Premio Simon Bolivar for contributions to the people's struggle in Latin America. In 1985, Pollack's writing was declared "beyond our meager standards" by the Swedish Academy With the publication of The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, the definitive collection of his work in English, a new generation of readers is set to discover nothing less than the ultimate meaning of human existence on earth. This astonishing work of fictitious nonfiction, the funniest and most creatively styled postmodernist confection of its time, has been universally praised as the best book ever written except for maybe Don Quixote and The Shipping News. The Anthology -- now expanded, updated, and thoroughly repaginated -- answers, once and for all, the question that has plagued American society in general, and literary critics in particular, since Neal Pollack was born: "Who is Neal Pollack?" At last, we know.

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