The twenty-seventh book of fiction by one of America's leading avant gardists, the award-winning Baltimore writer Stephen Dixon, sets up a situation that the protagonist, Meyer—a prolific fiction writer from Baltimore—finds preposterous: writer's block.
In a story rife with Dixon's trademark zest and style, Meyer proceeds to rifle through all the possible aspects of his life that could make for good fiction, and to try whatever it takes to get himself writing again. Sometimes, sex with his wife works, so he tries that, but without luck (even after several tries, just to be sure). He wonders if he should try sex with one of the neighbors. He wonders if he should try writing about his parents' death…again. He wonders about concocting awful things to happen to himself and his family. He wonders about concocting wonderful things to happen to himself and his family. He tries sex with his wife again…
Is there nothing in Meyer's life worth writing about?
It is, in short, Stephen Dixon at his best: stylish, funny, moving, and relentless as ever in his pursuit of the small, meaningful, and ultimately powerful revelations of everyday life.
“A hip Saul Bellow.” —Publishers Weekly
“The American master of the long paragraph.” —The New York Times
“There is no better chronicler of our antic and anxious age than Stephen Dixon, and if you can read Meyer without recognizing yourself in its pages, I want some of whatever it is that you're smoking.” —Daniel Handler(aka Lemony Snicket)
Stephen Dixon is the author of twenty-seven works of fiction including, most recently, Phone Rings and Old Friends (both Melville House). His novels Interstate and Frog were both finalists for the National Book Award. Frog was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His work has received the O. Henry Award, the Best American Short Stories award, the Pushcart Prize, The American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, and he has been a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Melville House
ISBN 1933633301 ISBN13 9781933633305
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More About Stephen Dixon
Stephen Dixon is the author of 26 books of fiction, including National Book Award-nominations for FROG and INTERSTATE. His short fiction has won every major literary award, as well as honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University.
Stephen Dixon currently resides in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland. Stephen Dixon was born in 1936.
I enjoyed this book. It focuses on death, old people, and thinking about the past in concrete, direct, and very readable sentences. I liked this book maybe more than any other books by Stephen Dixon, though I have liked every book I've read by him. It was moving and I felt emotional after reading it, and while reading it. Also the least dramatic, unhollywoodish book I have read in a long time.
You should get to know Meyer Oct 30, 2007
If you loved "Phone Rings", Mr Dixon's previous novel, you will not be disappointed by this one. Mr Dixon transforms what may sound like a dull premise (a writer's block) into an exciting novel thanks to great dialogs and lucid thoughts about love, death, the difficulty of aging... It's never boring nor self indulging. Forget Philip Roth, Stephen Dixon is the ONE ! ;-)