If you’ve been contemplating a pre-order of The End of Oulipo?, now’s the time. Email me the proof of purchase from whatever online merchant you buy it from, and I will send you a free copy of Lady Chatterley’s Brother, the ebook co-authored by myself and Barrett Hathcock about sex and literature. (Barrett writes about Nicholson Baker, I cover Javier Marias. You can read an excerpt here.)
Email me at scott_esposito AT yahoo.com. Deadline for this offer is Jan 1.
The basic idea for the book is: what exactly is the status of an “avant-garde” literary movement after it’s been around for 50 years and its ideas have largely been absorbed into mainstream culture? How can it still be said to exist? What impact can it still make? Can it be a victim of its own success?
In digging in to these questions, I write about how Georges Perec’s legacy informs recent writing by David Shields, James Wood, Ben Marcus, Cesar Aira, Jacques Roubaud, Jacques Jouet, Christian Bok, Edouard Leve, and Tom McCarthy. I also write about Harry Mathews and at one point quote Jacques Rancière. There are many, many epigraphs.