Et Tu Babe

Et Tu  Babe

In this fiendishly original new novel, Mark Leyner is a leather-blazer-wearing, Piranha 793-driving, narcotic-guzzling monster who has potential rivals eliminated by his bionically enhanced bodyguards, has his internal organs tattooed, and ...

Author: Mark Leyner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307801883

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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In this fiendishly original new novel, Mark Leyner is a leather-blazer-wearing, Piranha 793-driving, narcotic-guzzling monster who has potential rivals eliminated by his bionically enhanced bodyguards, has his internal organs tattooed, and eavesdrops on the erotic fantasies of Victoria's Secret models -- which naturally revolve around him. Leyner's jet-propelled roller derby through the cultures of celebrity, cyberpunk, and rabid egotism is exhilaratingly bizarre, exhaustingly funny -- and you'd better hope it's just fiction.
Categories: Fiction

Tooth Imprints On a Corn Dog

Tooth Imprints On a Corn Dog

A fiendishly innovative young writer ups the ante on his cult classics Et Tu, Babe and My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist with a book so funny that it ought to be a controlled substance.

Author: Mark Leyner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307766045

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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A fiendishly innovative young writer ups the ante on his cult classics Et Tu, Babe and My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist with a book so funny that it ought to be a controlled substance. "With his pumped-up prose and steroidal satire . . . You could call him the Quentin Tarantino of cult fiction."--Newsweek.
Categories: Fiction

Memorious Discourse

Memorious Discourse

Their titles are fairly relevant to their style : / Smell Esther Williams and Other Stories ( 1983 ) , My Cousin , My Gastroenterologist ( 1990 ) , Et Tu , Babe ( 1992 ) , Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog ( 1995 ) , and The Tetherballs of ...

Author: Christian Moraru

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838640869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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While other types of discourse cover up, gloss over, or play down what they have borrowed - and therefore owe - the postmodern eagerly acknowledges its textual and cultural debt. Moreover, it turns this indebtedness into an unexpected source of creativity and originality." "In his wide-ranging discussion of contemporary writers and theorists, Moraru notes that postmodernism characteristically re-presents. That is, it actively "remembers" and, to use a musical term, "reprises" former representations. These need not be infinite in number, as in Borges, but must be and usually are retrieved with sufficient obviousness."--Jacket.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Edging Into the Future

Edging Into the Future

( Mark Leyner , Et Tu , Babe 50-51 ) In the above scene from Et Tu , Babe , a cyberpunkish avant - pop romp through most of the playing fields of postmodern culture , Mark Leyner explores the hilarious prospect of video - editing ...

Author: Veronica Hollinger

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812218043

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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"The savvy critical essays in this provocative collection investigate the interface between science fiction and postmodern culture. . . . Highly recommended for readers at all levels."—Choice
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Story of Me

The Story of  Me

In other words, Et Tu, Babe? describes “Leyner's” fame as so widespread that his fans demand to know him on a molecular level. Indeed, he is so important in the world of this novel that the universe itself is described as consisting of ...

Author: Marjorie Worthington

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496208750

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Autofiction, or works in which the eponymous author appears as a fictionalized character, represents a significant trend in postwar American literature, when it proliferated to become a kind of postmodern cliché. The Story of “Me” charts the history and development of this genre, analyzing its narratological effects and discussing its cultural implications. By tracing autofiction’s conceptual issues through case studies and an array of texts, Marjorie Worthington sheds light on a number of issues for postwar American writing: the maleness of the postmodern canon—and anxieties created by the supposed waning of male privilege—the relationship between celebrity and authorship, the influence of theory, the angst stemming from claims of the “death of the author,” and the rise of memoir culture. Worthington constructs and contextualizes a bridge between the French literary context, from which the term originated, and the rise of autofiction among various American literary movements, from modernism to New Criticism to New Journalism. The Story of “Me” demonstrates that the burgeoning of autofiction serves as a barometer of American literature, from modernist authorial effacement to postmodern literary self-consciousness.
Categories: Literary Criticism

My Cousin My Gastroenterologist

My Cousin  My Gastroenterologist

Welcome to Mark Leyner's America, where you can order gallium arsenide sushi at a roadside diner, get loaded on a cocktail of growth hormones and anabolic steroids, and support your habit by appearing on TV game shows.

Author: Mark Leyner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307819611

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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Welcome to Mark Leyner's America, where you can order gallium arsenide sushi at a roadside diner, get loaded on a cocktail of growth hormones and anabolic steroids, and support your habit by appearing on TV game shows. Welcome to a wildly post-Einsteinian fictional universe where the locals include a speech pathologist with a waterbug fetish, a kamikaze airline pilot, and the lead singer for Brazil's most notoriously nihilistic samba band.
Categories: Fiction

Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit

Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit

The book takes place over the course of a night at the Bar Pulpo, Kermunkachunk's #1 spoken-word karaoke bar, where conversations are actually being read from multiple karaoke screens arrayed around the barroom.

Author: Mark Leyner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316560481

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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A brilliant and utterly original new novel from Mark Leyner about a father and his intense and devout relationship with his daughter and with alcohol. An anthropologist and his daughter travel to Kermunkachunk, the capitol of Chalazia, to conduct research for an ethnography on the Chalazian Mafia Faction (a splinter group of the Chalazian Children's Theater). The book takes place over the course of a night at the Bar Pulpo, Kermunkachunk's #1 spoken-word karaoke bar, where conversations are actually being read from multiple karaoke screens arrayed around the barroom. Moreover, it's Thursday, "Father/Daughter Nite," when the bar is frequented by actual fathers and daughters as well as couples cosplaying fathers and daughters. ​ Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit is a book about the deep pleasures of reading and drinking, the tumultuous reign of a cabal of mystic mobsters, and, of course, the transcendent love of a father for his daughter.
Categories: Fiction

The Tetherballs of Bougainville

The Tetherballs of Bougainville

In the novel we meet young Mark Leyner, 13-years-old to be exact, as he waits in a New Jersey prison to witness his father's execution.

Author: Mark Leyner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307766038

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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From his cult classic, I Smell Esther Williams, to his wildly popular and insightful column "Wild Kingdom" appearing in Esquire magazine every month, Mark Leyner has been giving us up close and personal encounters of the most hilarious kind for over a decade. Now, in his new novel The Tetherballs of Bougainville, Leyner shares with us, long last, the quintessential coming of age story that every writer, at some point, is compelled to tell. In the novel we meet young Mark Leyner, 13-years-old to be exact, as he waits in a New Jersey prison to witness his father's execution. Adolescence is never easy, and it just so happens that this junior high schooler is on deadline to turn in a screenplay for which he has already been awarded the Vincent and Lenore DiGiacomo/Oshimitsu Polymers America Award. And, as it was for all of us during out teenage years, nothing seems to go as planned. Written as autobiography, screenplay and movie review, The Tetherballs of Bougainville twists three familiar narrative forms into an outlandishly compelling story. Leyner's use of the media-driven formats brilliantly reflects our secret, shameful and hilarious desire to experience our private lives as mass entertainment. The Tetherballs of Bougainville skewers and celebrates American pop culture in the late twentieth century. Leyner's version of our lives is so deeply funny because it is so painfully true.
Categories: Fiction

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack

From the bestselling and wildly imaginative novelist Mark Leyner, a romp through the excesses and exploits of gods and mortals.

Author: Mark Leyner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316192774

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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From the bestselling and wildly imaginative novelist Mark Leyner, a romp through the excesses and exploits of gods and mortals. High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world. Since they emerged 14 billion years ago from a bus blaring a tune remarkably similar to the Mister Softee jingle, they've wreaked mischief and havoc on mankind. Unable to control their jealousies, the gods have splintered into several factions, led by the immortal enemies XOXO, Shanice, La Felina, Fast-Cooking Ali, and Mogul Magoo. Ike Karton, an unemployed butcher from New Jersey, is their current obsession. Ritualistically recited by a cast of drug-addled bards, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is Ike's epic story. A raucous tale of gods and men confronting lust, ambition, death, and the eternal verities, it is a wildly fun, wickedly fast gambol through the unmapped corridors of the imagination.
Categories: Fiction

Rewriting

Rewriting

In Et Tu , Babe , for example , " Leyner " walks into a book , record , and video store and asks the clerk to " customize " his favorite texts and movies . Such " customizing " is reminiscent of Woody Allen's " Kugelmass Episode ...

Author: Christian Moraru

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791451089

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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Examines the tendency of post-World War II writers to rewrite earlier narratives by Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, and others.
Categories: Literary Criticism