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Questionstruck: A Collection of Question-Based Texts Derived from the Books of Calvin Trillin [Kindle Edition]

William Walsh
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Book Description

A Book of Questions…
Questionstruck traces the line of questioning throughout Calvin Trillin’s books, compiling all of Trillin's interrogatives—the rhetorical, the political, and the victual—into one dizzying collection. Echoing Trillin's food and travel books, his reports in The New Yorker, and his political verse in The Nation, Questionstruck is an inventive and experimental text that begs to be defined.

"Master recontextualizer William Walsh has pulled off an unlikely feat:
he didn't write a word of this book, and yet its twisted pleasures
couldn't possibly belong to anyone else. He has managed to transform
the collected works of Calvin Trillin into some kind of whacked-out
koan, a strangely compelling harangue that will leave you dumbstruck."
—J. Robert Lennon

William Walsh is the author of Without Wax: A Documentary Novel. His fiction and derived texts have appeared in New York Tyrant, Juked, Caketrain, Rosebud, Quarterly West, Lit, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and other journals.

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About the Author

William Walsh is the author of Without Wax: A Documentary Novel. His fiction and derived texts have appeared in New York Tyrant, Caketrain, Juked, Rosebud, Quarterly West, Lit, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and other journals.

Product Details

  • File Size: 285 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982151209
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Keyhole Press (October 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Y26R2W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By M. Bell
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I loved Walsh's debut novel Without Wax, and think this book, while completely different in every way, was just as enjoyable, once I learned how to read it: Its pages are derived from the works of Calvin Trillin, resulting in new pieces that compile and arrange Trillin's questions into new lines of thought and inquiry, creating a brand new effect that is both interesting as a product and evocative and witty as literature. This is actual experimental writing, unlike so much of what claims that tag, and impressively done. Having read much of Walsh's recently published work, it's interesting to see how much of his intellect and humor and heart I can sense behind these pages. Using selection and arrangement, he's the one creating the new experience of reading these now out-of-context questions, and while the words in Questionstruck were written by Trillin, there's no doubt that the experience is all Walsh, and brilliantly so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars May be a treat for some Trillin fans, but not for me April 14, 2013
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Near as I can tell, this is a compendium of questions in Calvin Trillin's writings. Much as I like Calvin Trillin's work, I just don't get the appeal of this loosely organized collection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A questionable rip-off February 18, 2011
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This book contains nothing but questions extracted from Trillin's books. No answers, no analysis, no semblance of anything of worth. It reads like a foolish assignment from a clueless 8th-grade Englsih teacher. If there had been a "look inside" feature on the website, its worthlessness would have been evident. I am a longtime fan of Trillin's, and think he should sue the author for tarnishing his reputation. -- RM in NYC
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William Walsh is the author of Unknown Arts, Ampersand, Mass., Pathologies, Questionstruck (all from Keyhole Press) and Without Wax (Casperian Books). His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Annalemma, Artifice, LIT, Rosebud, Quarterly West, Caketrain, Juked, New York Tyrant, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He is the editor of RE:Telling (Ampersand Books), a collection of literary fan fictions featuring the work of 30 authors.


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