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Series: New York Review Books
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Typewriters, Bombs, JellyfishEssays
by Tom McCarthy
[Tom McCarthy] is one of the few writers who not only illuminates his subject matter but also takes our understanding down new paths. There is an enormously wide frame of reference here, from Aristotle to MC Hammer, and it never feels forced.
—Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
Perhaps only in a Tom McCarthy essay would profound philosophical insight be pulled from both William Faulkner and M.C. Hammer. Such is the brainy, playful and always subversive power of McCarthy's first collection, Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish….[McCarthy is] an adept stylist, in the vein of Nabokov, and never fails to deliver dazzling twists of language and meaning. Each essay impresses with the author's preternatural intelligence. Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish will entice lovers of art and literature.
—Scott Neuffer, Shelf Awareness
Reading Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish is like receiving a map of all the space that art, literature, and culture have carved out for each other. . . . This is the kind of book that deepens your appreciation of the subjects you’ve previously encountered, and sends you to seek out the ones you haven’t.
—Gabe Habash, Publishers Weekly, starred review
Stimulating, intellectually exciting, and highly imaginative.
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
McCarthy’s fiction and nonfiction aim to skewer an ideology of authenticity that is fed and watered by a certain humanist conception of literature.
McCarthy’s crisp, clean prose is stimulating, his concepts original and his visual imagery powerful.
—Layla Sanai, The Independent