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A Circle Is a Balloon and a Compass Both: Stories About Human Love Hardcover – April 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage (April 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596922079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596922075
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,008,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Like Green Day did for punk rock and 'The Matrix' for kung-fu flicks, this new collection from New Yorker editor Greenman could well become an advocate for the short story with those who haven't been interested in the form. Amusing, palatable and featuring some safe innovations, it's precisely the sort of thing that can gain a new audience for a genre." --Time Out Chicago

"Wildly inventive, sometimes surreal, but tenderly told, these stories give a glimpse of what Phillip K. Dick might have written if he'd allowed himself a sincere broken heart." --Paste Magazine

"...love in all its complexities, disappointments and reversals... memorable." --Chicago Tribune

"Wildly inventive, sometimes surreal, but tenderly told, these stories give a glimpse of what Phillip K. Dick might have written if he'd allowed himself a sincere broken heart." --Paste Magazine

"...love in all its complexities, disappointments and reversals... memorable." --Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker. His short fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeney s, Opium Magazine, the Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of the underground indie hits Please Step Back, Superbad, and A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both. His short fiction and music criticism has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Paris Review, and he writes a regular comedy column for McSweeney's. He lives in Brooklyn.

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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elyse Littenberg on April 16, 2007
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Once again Ben Greenman shows his wit and exposes his sensitivity. What a pleasure to read his new works. I long for his next book. Perhaps he will suprise us with a novel.
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