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A typical line from Publish and Perish is the final thought of a character who's about to die in an oh-so-dreadful fashion: "This can't be happening to me. I've got tenure." Horror and humor together are always delightful, but rarely is the combination executed with such gleeful panache as in the three novellas that make up Publish and Perish. The humor is at the expense of American academics, from struggling postdocs to crusty full professors. The characters spout silly jargon, wrestle with their writing problems, preen their tender egos, and skewer their colleagues. Most are likeable: their vanity is so human, it's almost touching. But the horror isn't played for laughs; it's ruthless and chilling, in the tradition of Edgar A. Poe and M. R. James. As one New York Times reviewer writes, "Publish and Perish is an odd and exhilarating experience--the playfulness of post-modernism at its best somehow celebrating the urgent, earnest suspense of old-fashioned, cliff-hanging narrative." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Three satirical novellas of academe serve up justice with a supernatural twist. In "Queen of the Jungle," a graduate student whose tenure-track wife commutes to Iowa from Chicago finds that their cat reacts badly to his affair with another student, exacting a fitting revenge. In "99," a disgraced anthropologist gets involved in a deadly druidic ceremony in England and wonders how such things could happen to "someone with tenure." "Casting the Runes" describes a young assistant professor in history who successfully fights a demonic senior professor only to find herself attracted to the occult. Hynes, a TV critic, novelist (Wild Colonial Boy, LJ 3/15/90), and professor himself, has a keen eye and ear for the absurd. Like Jane Smiley, he delights in skewering pomposity. He also deftly pokes fun at those who know little of the dangers in and beyond the ivory tower. Great entertainment.?Roland C. Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was referred to Publish & Perish as an example of the more recent `campus novels'. Although the three stories that comprise this work have university lecturers or professors as... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Hector
This is a pretty amazing book. The stories are the perfect length for reading while waiting for a connecting flight, or on lunch break. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Fae
Is that even a genre? I guess it is now! If David Lodge had added the paranormal, it might have come out something like this. "Queen of the Night" stayed with me for years.Published on July 11, 2013 by booklover
I love a good spoof on academia, so I picked this up and starting reading the first story (Queen of the Jungle) late one night and stayed up all night finishing it! Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by sylvia goldwasser
The first two novellas are certainly accomplished on a technical level, and the satire on postmodernist academia is often remarkably apt and on target, but the novellas are... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Tacitus
I read this book years ago, but was just thinking about it. The stories, especially the first, "Queen of the Jungle" have stayed with me through the years. Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Marion Stein
The book is entertaining, especially if you are familiar with academia at all. It is definitely a good beach book.Published on September 12, 2010 by Book Club Gal
Brilliant! I started this book with zero preconceptions. In fact, I couldn't even remember how it ended up on my bookshelf. But I thought it was terrific. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by A. C. Seligman
James Hynes has put together three spooky tales that feature the academy and its blessed back-biting, publishing pressures, and competitive juices:
- Queen of the... Read more