Some Fictional Truths.

Some new non-fiction at the Good Ship 211

Who was Jack Green? Was he William Gaddis, as some people believe (and with some reason: Fire The Bastards! is an angry missive on the state of literary criticism that uses the critical drubbing that Gaddis's 1955 novel The Recognitions received as its fuel for its flames) or was he just some bitter critic of critics who'd had enough? You can decide yourself once you read this wild takedown of those who make their living making others' livings.

Esteemed writer Geoff Dyer's newest is a book-length rumination on Tarkovsky's Stalker. Not so much a study of the film, but a study of the author's study of the film.

The Lifespan of a Fact is fascinating conversation through email correspondence between writer John D'Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal. An interesting study of a writer who's making a case for not letting the truth get in the way of a good story.

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