- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (March 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145168200X
- ISBN-13: 978-1451682007
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,408,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Funny and daring...a treasure trove of literary anecdotes and insider information....Besides [being] an entertaining story of book lust and physical lust, Hallman teaches us a great deal about literature, storytelling, and writing." --Blogcritics
"It's about the most fun reading you've experienced in years....Thank the good sweet lord for [B & Me]...Give us something messy and unfilmable and weird and slightly embarrassing. Give us J.C. Hallman. Instead of some artfully rendered enactment of cultural sensitivity that flatters my own sophistication, Hallman has written a book that's both enthralling and unnerving. Praise be." --Quarterly Conversation
"A fascinating thing to behold: literary criticism that's deeply personal, hysterically funny and starkly honest in addition to being scholarly and trenchant. We get to see how a writer's work "works" on a reader, affecting his thoughts and opinions on all manner of things: art, cinema, society's uneasy shift from the machine age to the digital era, the future of books as physical objects, and -- especially -- the mysteries and complications of human intimacy." --Washington Post
"[B & Me] marks a return to the Impressionistic criticism of France... It is also a throwback to the era when Malcolm Cowley, Dwight Macdonald, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, and Edmund Wilson...were producing some of the most exciting literary criticism in America...The effect of following Hallman's mind in action is at times droll and even exhilarating." --The Chronicle of Higher Education
About the Author
J.C. Hallman grew up in Southern California. He studied creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of B & Me, The Chess Artist, The Devil Is a Gentleman, The Hospital for Bad Poets, In Utopia, and Wm & H’ry. Hallman has also edited two anthologies, The Story About the Story and The Story About the Story II, which propose a new school of literary response called “creative criticism.” Among other honors, he is the recipient of a 2013 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
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In today's digital age, where ha literature gone and hat does it mean? These are questions J.C. Hallman asked himself and thus set about to answer in his journey with author Nicholson Baker. This book would make a great book for the literature lover in your life.
**I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review**
“Everything you write should be a test of whether you should be a writer.”
I have to begin by saying I didn’t even know who Nicholason Baker is, that he was a real person and that his writings are there for anyone to discover. I feel as if this could have been written by a great many people discovering great literature. Without more than the author’s dissection of Baker’s work, I am unable to say whether his writing inspired this plunge into dissection, or if the author chose Baker at random due to popularity. A good preface would be to mention that a reading of Nicholason Baker is a prerequisite. Since I didn’t and I won’t be reading Baker anytime soon. I can only tell you that the writing in this book is very thought provoking, if not a bit off the deep end of musing.
While the writer is discovering Nicholason Baker, he is going through his own life. His relationship and it’s ticks. He travels to France and sprinkles in what an American living in France might discover, or what he has discovered, anyways. There are so many elaborately elaborate descriptions in this book. The descriptions are not of the landscape or visions of the author, no, these descriptions are of the feelings and introspection of a man who really needs to reflect on the meanings of things most people didn’t consider. The author goes to great lengths to analyze his thoughts on the subjects in the stories by Baker and their mimicry to the author who penned them.
I think this book is a bit of an acquired taste though. I won’t be surprised if it is not well received by the masses. Because reviewing is made into an art. The author’s critique of another author’s writing may not be taken well. In my opinion this book is an experience for thoughts and a tribute to great writing. Any author who could make a discussion of books by one author, into a book, and make it this thought provoking has my undivided attention.
The best recommendation I can make to anyone interested in this book is to open it to any page and start reading.