Odd Corners: The Slip-stream World of William Hjortsberg

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Counterpoint Press, 2004 - Fiction - 266 pages
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In 1971, when William Hjortsberg first published Gray Matters, reviewers mentioned Borges. And in 1972 came Symbiography, a novella about a man who dreams for a living. He is, in fact, a best-selling dreamer. Before "Mad Max" (1979) and Neuromancer (1984), back in the days when reality was either "real" or chemical, Hjortsberg sat about to create a post-holocaust fiction, (mis-termed, we think, "science" fiction), that anticipates the Virtual, the Punk, and the Meta. In The New York Times,John Leonard called him "a satanic S.J. Perelman . . . by way of Disney and de Sade," and Harry Crews, also in The Times, continued, "He writes fiction the way Leroy Jordan plays football--with controlled abandon--which is to say, with the abandon that only the greatest discipline can release."

As readers it is thrilling to realize how perfectly timed this work is for our day, fresher even, somehow, than it was thirty years ago. Odd Corners collects Gray Matters and Symbiography together with two stories never before in book form, a complete cyberworld, courtesy of William Hjorstberg.

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

This is an odd collection of an early novel (Gray Matters) together with three shorter pieces that never had very wide exposure (or at least a reprint). If you are fascinated by the diversity of ... Read full review

ODD CORNERS: The Slip-Stream World of William Hjortsberg

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Post-apocalyptic life seems much better for some, much worse for others.A new way of bringing old fiction back to life: take Hjortsberg's 1971 novel Gray Matters and 1972 novella "Symbiography ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

William Reinhold Hjortsberg was born in New York City on February 23, 1941. He received a degree in English from Dartmouth College and studied at Yale University and Stanford University. His first novel, Alp, was published in 1969. His other novels included Gray Matters, Symbiography, Toro! Toro! Toro!, Nevermore, and Maņana. His novel, Falling Angel, was adapted into the movie Angel Heart. He wrote a biography of Richard Brautigan entitled Jubilee Hitchhiker. He also wrote screenplays for the B-movie king Roger Corman and Ridley Scott's movie Legend. He died on April 22, 2017 at the age of 76.

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