Friday, July 24, 2009

Stanley Elkin Pile



The Rake is reading Elkin, and shows off his stack here. So I thought I'd pile up ours, too. I mean, it's not often you have a chance to compare stacks of Elkin. Two are missing, though: The Magic Kingdom and The Franchiser, which are at JR's office.

I have to confess, though: I've only read a few.

11 comments:

jrlennon said...

"The Franchiser"'s wonderful first paragraph is reprinted here:

http://wardsix.blogspot.com/2007/01/great-first-paragraph.html

Rake said...

Dammit. Yours IS bigger than mine.

/runs out of locker room, crying

jon said...

I have pile envy! I've only read one, The Living End, and loved it. He's on my long, medium and short lists.

jrlennon said...

Oh man, jon, you need to read The Magic Kingdom post-haste. You will love it. I believe it's my favorite...

sjwoo said...

His name is familiar, but I've never read anything by him. But now that will change. I'm sort of bummed he's already passed, though. I found Richard Yates long after he died, and that was a supreme bummer.

rmellis said...

oops, I see our pile is artificially inflated with two copies of Searches and Seizures. That's weird... probably ought to pass on one...

Rake said...

In all seriousness, anyone who wants to jump in on the Elkin reading project should do so, seeing as outside, knowledgeable contributions will at least make the whole endeavor look less sad/masturbatory. And "knowledgeable" is defined loosely; the only Elkin book I've finished is The Living End, and I'm just 100 pages into Boswell.

jrlennon said...

He is not consistently excellent--I think I've read maybe four or five all the way through? But he is always interesting, and sometimes great.

"The Making of Ashenden"--is that in Searches & Seizures? Oh God.

The quick guide to the Dirty Elkin:

"The Making of Ashenden" = fucking a bear
The Magic Kingdom = fucking the Queen

Hope this helps!

jon said...

The Magic Kingdom it is. Thanks!

AC said...

Oh, no. I'm going straight to The Making of Ashenden.

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