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BMe: A True Story of Literary Arousal By J.C. Hallman,

  • Title: BMe: A True Story of Literary Arousal
  • Author: J.C. Hallman
  • ISBN: 9781451682007
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A funny, frisky, often outrageous book about love, literature, and modern life and a wink of the eye to U and I, Nicholson Baker s classic book about John Updike by an award winning author called wonderfully bright by The New York Times Book Review.Nearly twenty five years ago, Nicholson Baker published U and I, the fretful and handwringing but also groundbreaking tale oA funny, frisky, often outrageous book about love, literature, and modern life and a wink of the eye to U and I, Nicholson Baker s classic book about John Updike by an award winning author called wonderfully bright by The New York Times Book Review.Nearly twenty five years ago, Nicholson Baker published U and I, the fretful and handwringing but also groundbreaking tale of his literary relationship with John Updike U and I inspired a whole sub genre of engaging, entertaining writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is writer out there in the world that you must read so you read them B Me is that story, the story of J C Hallman discovering and reading Nicholson Baker, and discovering himself in the process.Our relationship to books in the digital age, the role of art in an increasingly commodified world, the power great writing has to change us, these are at the core of Hallman s investigation of Baker questions he s grappled with, values he s come to doubt But in reading Baker s work, Hallman discovers the key to overcoming the malaise that had been plaguing him, through the books themselves and what he finds and contemplates in his attempts to understand them and their enigmatic author sex, book jackets, an old bed and breakfast, love, Monica Lewinsky, Paris, marriage, sex, 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 funny, irreverent, brilliant, incisive story of one reader s desperate quest to restore passion to literature, and all the things he learns along the way.
    BMe A True Story of Literary Arousal A funny frisky often outrageous book about love literature and modern life and a wink of the eye to U and I Nicholson Baker s classic book about John Updike by an award winning author called wond

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    1. This book is a strong take on the purpose of literature and a scathing critique of what it s become This is also a slap in the face of literary criticism itself, the lofty airy dishonesty of criticism that forgets that actual human beings are behind written books B Meis structured in a way that mimics Nicholson Baker s U and I, a book ostensibly about Baker s hero, John Updike And like U and I, B Me is not strictly what it appears to be.This is a love affair of the written word writ large Everyt [...]

    2. Read this only if you are interested in the authors cringe worthy oversharing about his sex life or if you find strained overreaching to show tenuous connections between Nicholson Baker and William and or Henry James fascinating Yes, I get that Hallman studied the James bros but that doesn t necessarily mean they had undo influence on Baker This results in what seems like an attempt to shoehorn them in for the sake of showing off his knowledge There is also much hand wringing about the state of [...]

    3. I am completely at a loss as to how to review this book This is a book about a man dissecting the writings of Nicholas Baker He reflects on the writings real and inferred meanings He laments his actions in life as he is discovering He quips about the meaninglessness and righteousness of reviewing a writer s book, all the while doing that very thing Everything you write should be a test of whether you should be a writer I have to begin by saying I didn t even know who Nicholas Baker is, that he w [...]

    4. a long essay s on the power and meaning of reading and the interconnections of a real human reader with a real human writer, or two or three, or all the writers a reader has ever read, for that matter so besides nicholson baker, and the james bros and john updike, and hallman hisownself, and amis, and emerson and joyce and miller and even dick the dick cheney i think, perhaps, hallman is trying to connect with you, the reader too, though TOO MUCH INFORMATION sometimes, hah, but that is what read [...]

    5. B Me is a great love letter to literature itself it is a reminder that the writer s job is to push further with each generation, to help reorient our moral compass, and take back criticism from the critics and give it back to the people Jason Christian, Oklahoma State UniversityThis book was reviewed in the March 2015 issue of World Literature Today Read the full review by visiting our website bit 1F5svkW

    6. I vacillated on my eventual star rating while reading this, from this is pretty interesting 3 or 4 stars , to that argument was baseless and the book is tedious remove a star , to okay I guess he has some interesting points add the star back , to this author is a self aggrandizing blowhard but why am I still reading 1 star is deserved and 2 are generous.Hallman derides Baker for his method of memory criticism and closed book examination in U I in which Baker consults only his own memory of Updik [...]

    7. I Review J C Hallman s B Me A True Story of Literary Arousal Hallman finds these agreements, these literary echoes of himself, in Baker s Paul Chowder, an anthologist like Hallman, and Baker s thoughts on libraries and book dumping echoed Hallman s More importantly, though, Hallman and Baker each write with unabashed enthusiasm and wit about living with a deep relationship with books Go to my blog and then to the San Francisco Chronicle Have Words Will Write Em Joe

    8. A curious and highly entertaining book Hallman dismisses most critics while writing an appreciate and positive critique of Nicholsen Baker Hallman concincingly argues that Baker belongs in the modern panthenon of writers and deplores the reviews that have dismissed some of his books including Fermata and House of Holes Hallman also introduces readers to another side of Baker including his anti war activity and his rescue of tons of historic newspapers destined for destruciton Readers will recall [...]

    9. This one is for the hardcore literature, book reading type persons Mr Hallman is extremely intelligent and insightful This is at least the second book also Killing Yourself to Life I ve read that incorporates personal relationships with a novel of searching It covers influence and reading, time organization and sex, couples reading and pornography, plagiarism and sub conscience, the hobbies and fantasies of writers, et al It s one I will definitely revisit, as there are loads of heady crumbs tha [...]

    10. This book was a good reminder to read and read Baker for me I really enjoyed U and I and it s hard not to compare B Me to it, of course Maybe I was just expecting the wrong thing from this book I thought it would give me insight into Baker which, to be fair, it does, just less than I had hoped Instead it was way about Hallman, which is pretty similar to U and I just not what I wanted.

    11. If you ve read at least The Mezzanine, U and I, and another one of his books and like Nicholson Baker you should read this book It wasn t perfect but it was obvious that this book was going to be written sometime.

    12. There should be a Did NOT want to keep reading this book selection I felt the format of JC s writing all over the place and found it annoying I ll put this one aside and probably will try it again later.

    13. I am really torn about this book It is well written and the subject modern literature through the lens of the works of Nicholson Baker is fantastic however, the author takes some odd side tracks that do not really work in the scope of the book.

    14. I really enjoy the idea of the intertextual critique of one author s body of work as written by another author, but honestly most of what this book taught me is that I d probably like Nicholson Baker, I certainly would like Catherine, and I would really dislike meeting Hallman For someone who levies a good portion of his jokes in this book by making fun of others appearances, you d think Hallman must be incredibly attractive Back cover of this novel says nope Also, he seems to try really hard to [...]

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