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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Granary Books; First Edition edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887123482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887123488
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Out of print for a decade, these memoirs of the artist and writer who died of AIDS last year include a new afterword by Ron Padgett.
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A completely original book. -- Edmund White

Each detail seduces and reveals while remaining entirely true to the unsentimental demands of the form itself. -- San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 31, 2001 –Noel Black

…a masterpiece…Joe Brainard’s modest little gem will endure. …both uproariously funny and deeply moving. -- Paul Auster, 1995

…he had happenend onto something wonderful…Joe’s originality came from the fresh way he looked at things. -- Ron Padgett

…universal appeal. He catalogues…fashion and fads, public events and private fantasies, with such honesty and accuracy and in such abundance… -- The Voice Literary Supplement, --Michael Lally

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A fun, entertaining read that occasionally makes you feel something.
Ezekiel Tyrus
I Remember by Joe Brainard is one of those books that was buried with the fishes a long time ago yet deserving of a wider readership.
John
And the very last entry is so wonderful, so unexpected, and so like Joe, it's worth reading the whole book just to get there.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Arch Llewellyn on March 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
I just picked up a copy of "I Remember" at a Joe Brainard retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum last weekend. All the warmth, humor and good-natured silliness of his art are here in these "poems"--1-3 sentence reminiscences that meander from his Tulsa childhood to sexual experiences in New York in the mid '60s. It's tempting to quote individual lines, but I'd best leave the writing to Brainard. Just dip in anywhere and follow the flow from objects to advertisements to remembrances of friends or incidents or walks, all woven together by the nostalgic refrain: "I remember . . . "

Brainard records impressions like a camera, not trying to make them mean. Without pretension or irony, he mananges to describe an America of a certain time and place more vividly than longer, more macho efforts to capture The American Experience. Brainard makes it seem easy, and he passes the fun on to you. Read, remember, enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack_Hughes on November 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ah, this little book. "I Remember" is a tiny, funny, heart-warming masterpiece composed entirely of microscopic reflections and remembrances: but like the human body itself, which is of course made up of tiny microscopic cells, the book's one- and two-sentence units of "I remember this or that" recollections gradually build up into a living, breathing, singular human presence.

This book has also become a cult classic for writing instructors, as it often helps unlock a particular gate for students, enabling them to write about their own lives in an open, vivid, and funny way.

(Note to parents and subject-sensitive readers: the book does contain some frank discussions of sexuality, including gay sexuality. Although these passages are honest, humane, and often funny, occasionally they can be a little bit graphic (though not at all trying to be 'shocking' or 'offensive,' simply honest.) But it does mean that the book is not meant for very young readers. Use your judgement.)

Warm, intelligent, vivid, and screamingly funny. To read Joe Brainard is to love the man. We miss you, Joe.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Your reader from Florida was obviously unmoved by this book. A pity. In a poetic series of alternately charming, dry and sometimes tragic aphorisms Brainard constructs a personality from minutiae and individual bits of personal memorabilia. Both haunting and touching I found this to be an extremely gripping read. Any interested parties might be keen to know that a British version of this was published by the writer Gilbert Adair in his book Myths And Memories. It's not that bad, though not a patch on the original.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I didn't think it could be done, but Joe Brainard has managed to keep me interested through a book-length poem! It's all about the pop culture references and those universal moments of feeling just plain odd. Every stanza begins with "I remember", but he manages not to make it boring at all.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2001
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Elegant in its simplicity, its genuine humility in face of all the splendors and confusions of American memory and life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By delft_tile on April 18, 2005
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The other reviewers here have already captured the elegant, loveable essence of this tiny classic. All I'm going to do is tell you how much I agree. And how much you ought to read this.

In particular, the little 5-and-6 entry arcs, where you can trace Joe's associations, and the places where they unexpectedly end up, is quite moving and hilarious. And the very last entry is so wonderful, so unexpected, and so like Joe, it's worth reading the whole book just to get there.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on July 26, 2008
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One of the challenges facing us in the 21st century is that we have too many reading choices; each year (yes each year) around 320,000 books hit UK and USA bookstores alone. And the pace of this is increasing with smaller and smaller print runs meaning more and more specialised segmented reader markets. Don't know about you, but over my allotted 70-80 years I may manage 1001 books to read before you die; meaning that over my life tsunami of published books, I will read a passing sip of around 0.1% only. Think about all those great books that you are going to miss because of the noise from the ones with the best marketing budgets. Or from reading, what you always read.

I Remember by Joe Brainard is one of those books that was buried with the fishes a long time ago yet deserving of a wider readership. Ok let us get to the killer; its poetry linked to the New York School of the 1950-60's, which had a massive influence on contemporary music, art, dance, prose, and poetry. The `movements' approach was observational, physical, using contrasting vivid imagery to shock the observer, listener, or participant into an emotional response that enables a revitalised experience of the world. The poetry of the `movement' was a reaction to the confessional styles of poets such as Sylvia Plath who tended to write about their inner struggles.

Before you think, I sip Earl Grey tea in some fancy café jabbering on about the prevenient nature of the stanza or the catachrestical no-no, of the imagery let me tell you otherwise. My last experience of any poetry was 1975 when I did English Lit O level and although I enjoyed T.S.Elliot and Sylvia Plath, poems on seeing daffodils or Nightingales croaking did zilch for me-and rhymed couplets, please give a guy a break.
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