Dewitt, Helen, 1957- author.
Some trick : thirteen stories / Helen DeWitt.
BEIN New Directions 1807: Number line on title page verso indicates first printing: "2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1". Dust jacket.
"A New Directions book."
Here is somewhere -- Brutto -- My heart belongs to Bertie -- On the town -- Remember me -- Climbers -- Improvisation is the heart of music -- Famous last words -- The French style of Mlle Matsumoto -- Stolen luck -- In which Nick buys a Harley -- Trevor -- Plantinga -- Entourage.
For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most yonder dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world's piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. "Look," a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, and Rube Goldberg-like moving parts, where things prove "more complicated than they had first appeared" and "at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate." In various ways, each tale carries DeWitt's signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly "taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination."
Short stories.
American fiction -- 20th century.
Short stories. fast (OCoLC)fst01117043
Short stories. lcgft
Short stories. fast (OCoLC)fst01726740
United States New York (State) New York.
Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science
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