Essays on literature pop culture andfrom the cult novelist and critic Tom McCarthy Fifteen brilliant essays written over as many years provide a map of the sensibility and critical intelligence of Tom McCarthy one of the most original and challenging novelists at work today Typewriters Bombs Jellyfish explores a wide range of subjects from the weather considered as a form of media to the paintings of Gerhard Richter and the movies of David Lynch to Patty Hearst as revolutionary sex goddess to the still radical implications of established masterpieces such as Ulysses how do you write after it?Tristram Shandy and the unsung junky genius Alexander Trocchis darkly beautiful Cains Book The longer Recessional examines the place of time in writinghow writing makes a new time of its own a time apart from institutional timewhile the startling Nothing Will Have Taken Place moves from Mallarm and Don DeLillo to the ball mastery of Zidane to look at how art whether that of a poet novelist or athlete destroys given codes of meaning and behavior returning them to play Certain points of reference recur with dreamlike insistenceamong them the artist Ed Ruschas Royal Road Test a photographic documentation of the roadside debris of a Royal typewriter hurled from the window of a traveling car; the great blooms of jellyfish that are filling the oceans and gumming up the machinery of commerce and military dominationand the uestion throughout is How can art explode the restraining conventions of so called realism whether aesthetic or political to engage in the active reinvention of the world?Essays on literature pop culture andfrom the cult novelist and critic Tom McCarthy Fifteen brilliant essays written over as many years provide a map of the sensibility and critical intelligence of Tom McCarthy one of the most original and challenging novelists at work today Typewriters Bombs Jellyfish explores a wide range of subjects from the weather considered as a form of media to the paintings of Gerhard Richter and the movies of David Lynch to Patty Hearst as revolutionary sex goddess to the still radical implications of established masterpieces such as Ulysses how do you write after it?Tristram Shandy and the unsung junky genius Alexander Trocchis darkly beautiful Cains Book The longer Recessional examines the place of time in writinghow writing makes a new time of its own a time apart from institutional timewhile the startling Nothing Will Have Taken Place moves from Mallarm and Don DeLillo to the ball mastery of Zidane to look at how art whether that of a poet novelist or athlete destroys given codes of meaning and behavior returning them to play Certain points of reference recur with dreamlike insistenceamong them the artist Ed Ruschas Royal Road Test a photographic documentation of the roadside debris of a Royal typewriter hurled from the window of a traveling car; the great blooms of jellyfish that are filling the oceans and gumming up the machinery of commerce and military dominationand the uestion throughout is How can art explode the restraining conventions of so called realism whether aesthetic or political to engage in the active reinvention of the world?Essays on literature pop culture andfrom the cult novelist and critic Tom McCarthy Fifteen brilliant essays written over as many years provide a map of the sensibility and critical intelligence of Tom McCarthy one of the most original and challenging novelists at work today Typewriters Bombs Jellyfish explores a wide range of subjects from the weather considered as a form of media to the paintings of Gerhard Richter and the movies of David Lynch to Patty Hearst as revolutionary sex goddess to the still radical implications of established masterpieces such as Ulysses how do you write after it?Tristram Shandy and the unsung junky genius Alexander Trocchis darkly beautiful Cains Book The longer Recessional examines the place of time in writinghow writing makes a new time of its own a time apart from institutional timewhile the startling Nothing Will Have Taken Place moves from Mallarm and Don DeLillo to the ball mastery of Zidane to look at how art whether that of a poet novelist or athlete destroys given codes of meaning and behavior returning them to play Certain points of reference recur with dreamlike insistenceamong them the artist Ed Ruschas Royal Road Test a photographic documentation of the roadside debris of a Royal typewriter hurled from the window of a traveling car; the great blooms of jellyfish that are filling the oceans and gumming up the machinery of commerce and military dominationand the uestion throughout is How can art explode the restraining conventions of so called realism whether aesthetic or political to engage in the active reinvention of the world?