I Am Not Jackson Pollock

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Canongate, 2006 - Artists - 180 pages
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A new and fearlessly original collection of short stories from the author of American Purgatorio
This bewitching collection of short fiction navigates art, movies, literature and life, often exploring real-life figures in fictional form.
In 'Dream of a Clean Slate' Jackson Pollock struggles with the separation he feels from Jackson Pollock the artist; 'The Judgement of Psycho' uncovers the sexual dynamic of Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins in Psycho, and then delves into the relationship between Hector and Paris in the Iliad; and Orson Welles presides over 'Crimes of Midnight', a tense evocation of desire and its consequences. The Hottentot Venus, Joan of Arc, Glenn Gould, a circus elephant executed for killing a man – all become strands in Haskell's ingeniously woven tales.
Intellectually searching but gilded with a light touch and outstanding imaginative reach, Haskell's collection is a charming, innovative and moving series of myths for modern times.

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User Review  - werdfert - LibraryThing

(All quotes are from stories in this book unless otherwise noted.) “If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell.” Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Nine intriguing debut pieces explore the point where art and life intersect—or collide—in the lives of artists, performers and movie characters.While "Dream of a Clean Slate" examines Jackson ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

John Haskell is a former actor, playwright and performance artist who has worked in Chicago and New York. He is the author of the novel American Purgatorio and an acclaimed collection of short stories, I Am Not Jackson Pollock.

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