P: A Novel

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Soft Skull Press, 2003 - Fiction - 365 pages
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P tells the story of Benjamin Seymour, a failed pornographer obsessed over his lost love, and Finn, a ten-year-old runaway girl genius. Separately and then together they wander the city, searching for home and family. Taking place mostly over the course of a single day, the novel telescopes out from Benji and Finn’s quest to embrace a wide variety of characters and themes; the external journey matched by inward journeys into consciousness and the very nature of language and storytelling itself. One chapter of the book is written in the form of newspaper headlines and articles; one chapter is composed of thirteen vignettes following major and minor characters as they move about the city; one chapter is written in question and answer form; one chapter is a punctuation-less stream of consciousness monologue; and one chapter, the center of the book and its climax, is written in the form of a full-length screenplay.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Patterned on Ulysses, crammed with an entire liberal arts education, this debut's vast ambition goes up against Conn's obvious and genuine talent: against all odds, talent wins.Benjamin Seymour is in ... Read full review


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A Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University, Andrew Lewis Conn is a writer and critic. Since 1997, Conn has been a contributing writer at Film Comment, the official publication of The Film Society of Lincoln Center. His essay "The Bad Review Happiness Deserves, Or: The Tyranny of Critic-Proof Movies," a Film Comment article Conn wrote about Todd Solondz’s film Happiness, was signaled out by critic Charles Taylor in "Salon Salutes," and Time Out New York critic Mike D'Angelo, who called the essay, "the best piece of film writing of the year." Since 2000 Conn has also contributed film criticism to Time Out New York.

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