So, since The End of Oulipo? is publishing in just 3 weeks, January 16, here’s a little incentive if you’ve been contemplating a pre-order. 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.)
Just email me the proof at scott_esposito AT yahoo.com
This deal ends on January 1, so if you’re interested take a little of that Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Mayan/pagan loot and buy the book soon. This is the Amazon page. Here’s B&N.com and The Book Depository. You should be able to find it elsewhere per your online buying tastes.
If you’re on the fence, you can read a chunk of the book serialized in The White Review right here. Other details: my portion of the book centers around 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.
In Lauren Elkin’s portion of the book, she gives the Oulipo a little bit of that good old feminist critique, centering around the work of Herve Le Tellier, who’s probably the best-translated current Oulipian, and whose stuff has been reviewed pretty glowingly in the pages of record in the U.S.