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Series: New York Review Books
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Typewriters, Bombs, JellyfishEssays
by Tom McCarthy
These essays are all invigorating examinations of writers (and artists such as Gerhard Richter, On Kawara, Ed Ruscha) who destroyed boundaries, collapsed rules of time, space, and gender, and bombed their own systems of control. ...Stimulating, intellectually exciting, and highly imaginative.
—Kirkus (starred review)
Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish is bursting with ideas; it is relentlessly curious, zeroing in on topics including David Lynch, soccer virtuoso Zinedine Zidane, 'the time of fiction,' On Kawara, and the ‘displacement' that occurs when language meets weather. It encourages you to examine contradictions and to consider that art and life and literature are all part of a sticky web that retains traces of everything. Most of all, it encourages you to look more closely.
—Gabe Habash, Publishers Weekly (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