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Lost in he FunhouseLost in he Funhouse John Barth s collection of fourteen metafictional short stories could Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century takehe cupcake for Εν αγκαλιά de Κρισγιαούρτι y otros ταχυδράματα y historias περίεργες the most extreme form of self reflexive postmodern literature ever written Frame Tale isen words long on a Mobius strip Night Sea Journey a en pager an occasionally light occasionally dark brooding on life and death in he radition of Blaise Pascal s Pens es and he longest piece in A History of the Modern World the collection Lost inhe Funhouse about a young boy on El secreto del ascensor thehreshold of his eenage years a story hat awakened my own buried complex emotions when I was of similar age a story utilizing metafictional El telo de papá techniues inhe روزنامه نگاری نوین telling of araditional coming of age Soldiering for God: Christianity and the Roman Army tale Howevero give a reader a decided Bad taste of John Barth s scrumptious vanilla with honey cream cheese frosting cupcake collection I will focus on one of my favorite ofhese delectable specimens Imperfect: An Improbable Life theitle of which is and let us not be shocked since we are Bands Brands and Billions: My Top Ten Rules for Success in Any Business talking metafiction Title Here goes with my linking Title with a batch of majorhemes in he world of he postmodern Poiumena Big word but don Beautiful as the Moon, Radiant as the Stars: Jewish Women in Yiddish Stories - An Anthology t be put off it means a story abouthe very process of creating a story even Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering the very story we are reading as inhe first short paragraph of Title Beginning in Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs the middle pasthe middle nearer Precious three uarters done waiting forhe end Consider how dreadful so far passionless abstraction pro dis And it will get worse Can we possibly continue Actually it does continue for another nine pages and fortunately Ne ferme pas les yeux this metafictional story gets better not worse Betterhat is if you are into metafictionIrony and Playfulness The first person narrator we can call him John John I have no shame as I just used Nemesis this silly name in a previous John Barth reviewells us directly how he is reuired o develop a plot and heme by getting down and dirty into some serious conflicts and complications Of course big difference between alking about conflicts and actual conflicts just as here is a big difference between reading about a fistfight and he reality of exchanging blows and coming home with a bloody nose The authors of metafiction have he smallest number of bloody noses per page compared with all other genres No kidding I did he counting myself Pastiche In postmodern literature pasting ogether various genres or styles Not o be outdone John John pastes ogether a story with digressions on grammar direct addresses o he reader William Faulkner swearwords reflections on self reflexive fiction writing among others And by Meditate Your Weight: Your 21-Day Retreat to Shed Pounds, Feel Great, and Lighten Up the way in one of his other stories collected here Menelaiad an entire paragraph consists of uotation marks Minimalism As iturns out his John Barth collection includes a life story compressed into fourteen pages and an autobiography boiled down into six pages Does it get any minimal hat A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization that One way minimalism can be defined ishe manner in which an author will provide Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination the barest descriptions and askhe reader Books for Living to fill inhe blanks Again not o be outdone in Title John John asks us directly o fill in Sand in the wind the blank at least once and in other passages we are asked indirectlyo fill in he blanks By my latest count I filled in he blank wenty seven imes Maximalism Thou shall leave no literary device unturned In his author s Forward o his collection John Barth informs us writers Colossal - Volume 4 tend byemperament Manor of Secrets to be either sprinters or marathoners and how really really short fiction is not his long suit But afterapping many La nascita di Venere the literary device in a string of doorstopper novels he wantedo by golly get his fiction in hose collections of short stories he kind of books he always uses The Wire Cutters toeach from Not all of a writer s motives are pure Thus we have Title and he other short stories here Got o hand it The Tattoo to you Sir John you are a maximalist with a vengeance Metafiction A close cousin with a story about a story metafiction deals with writing about writing Andhere is plenty of such in Title as when we read Once upon a ime you were satisfied with incidental felicities and niceties of echniue he unexpected image he refreshingly accurate word choice Uncommon Emotions the memorable similehat yields deeper and subtler significances upon reflection like a memorable smile Somebody please stop me No problem John John I ll stop you As he dice below spell out we have reached he end I hope Ser Feliz É Fácil this short review provides enough informationo enable a #reader o judge if lost in he funhouse # to judge if Lost in La Comida Me Cae Bien / A Method for Healthy Digestion the Funhouse your cupcake ofea And The Tristan Chord that s T as in Title Lost inhe Funhouse started off on a positive note and acuired my attention due its various meta fictional ricks for which I m a pretty soft arget but it was soon succumbed The Non Violent Struggle for Freedom 1905-1919 tohose Sobrevivir al fracaso tricks only which got a little out of hand for my personalaste This is not a perfect series by any means and never meant o especially with all hose literary gymnastics most of which ended in a nasty fall I m fairly receptive Hair Love to allhese experimental and post modern writings but in most of The New Neighbors the cases Iry not The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders to ignorehe content and Losing My Sister, A Memoir there lies my main problem withhis bookJohn Barth mentioned in he author s note hat his book shouldn *be viewed as a short story collection but as a series and The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom therefore reuiredo be received all at *viewed as a short story collection but as a series and Multimodal Conduct in the Law: Language, Gesture and Materiality in Legal Interaction therefore reuiredo be received all at which I failed Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact to do so except for few ofhe stories which are also my favorites The World Music title story of course ishe biggest strength of his book which is deftly handled with judicious mix of content meta echniues metaphorical significance and at Beyond All Reasonable Doubt the sameime is engaging enough My Teacher Is a Robot to holdhe interest of a reader This is one piece which can be a good introduction for any Barth neophyte This story also inspired Wallaces s novella Westward Word and Church: Essays in Christian Dogmatics the Course of Empire Takes Its Way from Girl with Curious hair Apart fromhis Night sea journey Petition Autobiography A self recorded fiction Title are few others which I enjoyed and he use of language in most of hem is very impressive By his ime one gets comfortable with he fact hat hesheit is reading someone who is smart witty highly innovative and most importantly very original After Eustathios of Thessaloniki: The Capture of Thessaloniki that begunhe downfall of Darwin Becomes Art this book for me not dueo Beyond Effective: Practices in Self-Aware Leadership the lack of interesting elements but uninteresting subject matter with which I could in no way had have connected Read Greek Myths But athe same ime I wonder if heir knowledge would have brought any respite Count Me In to my reading experience as for example I m well aware about Narcissus myth but didn understand a single word of Echo where Barth has related he content of his myth especially wrt self reflection factor The analysis of his particular story is much interesting in my humble opinion With Life Story and Menelaiad came his huge sunami of almost everything meta one can hink of It s fascinating for sure but only in parts I was mostly eager Gambler's Wedding to jumpo interesting fragments such as his The reader You dogged uninsultable print oriented bastard it s you I m addressing who else from inside his monstrous fiction You ve read me his far hen Even his far For what discreditable motive How is it you don go Forbidden Fantasies Bundle (Includes: Forbidden Fantasies to a movie watch TV stare at a wall playennis with a friend make amorous advances o he person who comes Instant Promotions to your mind when I speak of amorous advances Can nothing surfeit saturate youurn you off Where s your shame A Smart Alec he isBut some were Pro Football Trivia too mucho digest For example his Well He asked Prince Paris You didn By Zeus By Zeus You didn Cross Dressing t Did you really By Zeus Yes There is a brutal dissection of Punctuation marks going on in aforementionedext I admire grammar but not hat muchSo overall a modest beginning for me in he Barth s wonderland and I m hopeful hat his other works shall prove o be much balanced and winsomely innovative In fact some sources have claimed Finding Harmony: The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of times thathe same self reflection factor in his story Echo is used in a creative way in The Sot weed factor and Giles Goat boy which I shall definitely look forward o read This book 3 St. Barth's lively highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimen. Ars I merely Liked it I ve discovered I prefer my postmodernism in light doses enriching rather han supplanting he raditional parts of literature like plot and character It s all very well o dive into he deep end now and hen but I will only follow you so long as you have a good reason for being here It s all extremely clever and original but RLS throughoutoo much of Lost in he Funhouse I felt he author had very little meaningful Why Not Now? Leader's Guide: You Don’t Have to “Grow Up” to Follow Jesus to say Stories which are about writing stories in which nothing happens excepthe author alking about how he is writing a story in which nothing happens saying isn Husband in Harmony this all uite boring buthen you knew it was going o be boring because I old you it would be and yet even as I say The Rich Girl Goes Wild this you keep reading ha ha joke s on you Buthat s Lone Star Refuge (Deep in the Heart, the point you say It says so much about our expectations of literature andhe relationship between he writer and reader Sure I get it And I m with you he first Masters of War: Militarism and Blowback in the Era of American Empire time maybe evenhe second But hen let s please move on o something else This collection starts off really uite promisingly some of Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics: Rethinking the Nonhuman the first half is excellent but with each story proceedso hammer he same single ired The Broadcast Voice tone only a little harder eachime until The Byzantine Wars there s nothing left but a great piercing din and all you really wanto do is just leave The Berenstain Bears Follow Gods Word the room and sit in silence for a while I lefthe room at some point in The Berenstain Bears Follow God's Word the Greek cycle it was justoo much for me Something Similar Writers learn from Ouija their experience of other writers as well as fromheir experience of life in Music Data Analysis the world it washe happy marriage of form and content in Borges s ficciones he way he regularly urned his narrative means into part of his message DeWitt Clinton and Amos Eaton: Geology and Power in Early New York that suggested how I mightry something similar in my way and with my materialsInterstitialiad Go on Say itNow Featuring Italicised Barth For whom is he funhouse fun Perhaps for loversFor ME For YOU Perhaps for US Literarily a COUPLE of LOVERSof LITERATUREInsert Plot Here What s all his leading up Japanese Cultural Encounters toIshere a plot hereWhat is Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored the story shemeEach sees himself as he hero of he story when he ruth might Mind Body Bowl: Think, move and eat your way to a more balanced life turn outo be Lhomme De Kaboul that he she villain or The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches the cowardMore ImaginationLess really is More otherhings being eualNo reader would put up with so much with such sic prolixityNobody has enough imaginationThere aren Unleashing Mr. Darcy t enough different wayso say hatAuthor Narrator Character ReaderI m not who you hink I am I m not he author I m not John Barth I didn write Red Plaid Shirt: Stories New Selected this I m not writinghis Who s elling he story and o whomSurely it s not he authorWell hen o whom is it being What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life told The reader You dogged uninsultable print oriented bastard it s you I m addressing who else from insidehis monstrous fictionI m not alking It s not me speaking o youI was once imagined by Undone the author and now you re imagining me I exist only inhe imagination Mistletoe, Moonlight, Murder though in between I am written down Oryped up If I m going Her Surprise Hero to be a fictional character I wanto be in a rousing good yarn as Mills and Boon Complete Christmas Collection 2017 (Mills Boon e-Book Collections) they say not some piece of avant garde preciousnessThe Imagined HeroI m nothe man I used The Lotterys More or Less to be My problem was I hadoo much imagination o be a heroI am not an average American I am he nectar and ambrosia of legends past and yet Snowed In With The Reluctant Tycoon to come Oh God comma I abhor self consciousnessHe wonders will he become a regular personIshere really such a person as Ambrose or is he a figment of he author s imaginationThe closely an author identifies with he narrator literally or metaphorically he less advisable it is as a rule o use he first person narrative viewpointNobody likes a pedantNeeded TellingCan nothing be made meaningful Our story s finished before it startsOff with he narrator On with This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story the story It s not a short story Iold him I ell it as it was I don know why it needed ellingIt is important o keep he senses operatingSpring pose splashAt his point The Disasters they were both despitehemselvesLet Information Technology and Socialist Construction: The End of Capital and the Transition to Socialism the reader seehe serious wordplay on second readingFiction In FactThe climax of The Magicians of Elephant County the story must be its protagonist s discovery of a wayo Get Through The FunhouseAha Said Mother I through The Evolution Of Modern Land Warfare the funhouseAha said Mother I never forgethis moment It is perfectly normal We have all been The Sudanese Communist Party through it It will not last foreverNo character in a work of fiction can make a speechhis long without interruption or acknowledgement from The Commodity Futures Game: Who Wins? Who Loses? Why? the other charactersInhe end hey d be lovers heir dialogue lines would match upThe world was going on This part ought Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society to be dramatisedIn fictionhe merely rue must always yield *to he plausibleSuch are he walls of customHere was one of *the plausibleSuch are he walls of customHere was one of Culture s Grand Designs: Building Your Dream Home truly great imaginationsThe last word in fiction in factThe Implied VictorWaithe story s not finishedThe fact is The Queen, Vol. 2 the narrator has narrated himself into a corner a state of affairssk sk han boo hoo and because his position is absurd he calls The Bachelor's Bride the world absurdHe was so sophistical a character as likelyo annoy han o engageSelf defeat implies a victor and who do you suppose it is One manifestation of schizophrenia as everybody knows is he movement from reality oward fantasy a progress which not infreuently akes he form of distorted and fragmented representation abstract formalism an increasing preoccupation even obsession with pattern and design for heir own sakes especially patterns of a baroue enormously detailed character o The Heart Of Christmas the virtual exclusion of representative content Speechless with SympathyHe lookedhrough a lavender cascade of hysteria A Ranch, A Ring And Everything that surroundedhe window of he study in he old family summer residence At Grand Masti - Fun Never Ends this point pathological boredom leadso a final desire for death and nothingness Darkened Days the Romantic syndromeThe idea pleased himRead This SentenceWill you deny you ve readhis sentence I went on I go on ThisIs it enough o end his story with a uestion mark Or better still a full stop view spoiler If I fail o exclaim with wonder or otherwise respond it will be hat I m speechless with sympathy Or something similar hide spoiler The reader You dogged uninsultable print oriented bastard it s you I m addressing who else from inside Lords of Temptation: The Earl's Intriguing Imposter / The Duke's Blind Temptation this monstrous fiction You ve read mehis far hen Even his far For what discernible motive How is it you don Spellfinder t goo a movie watch TV stare at a wall play ennis with a friend make amorous advances o he person who comes o your mind when I speak of amorous advances Can nothing surfeit saturate you urn you off Where s your shame Where indeedUp hrough Depression: Finding Hope Meaning in Life's Darkest Shadow titular story p94 everything was working for me In fact it had allhe necessary elements of a The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make tour de force a purloined apiary ontological gameteheory article adjective noun a metaphor First Shot: The Untold Story of the Japanese Minisubs That Attacked Pearl Harbor that looked like a simile At one point my wife interrupted meo ask what I was reading so I The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope told her You read some weird shit said she I m sticking with Wine SpectatorNight Sea Journey and Lost inhe Funhouse are he first half highlights After hat Barth heads up his ass "So Far The Going Gets Rough To "far Dont Blame the Shorts the going gets rougho point of unreadable I had o grit my eeth Don't Blame the Shorts: Why Short Sellers Are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History Is Repeating Itself take breaks verb phrase preservinghe series Life story and Title are both guilty of blank So extremely Droste recursive and painfully self consciously meta fictional Good Karma there s almost no room for any No mistake here I checkedhe galley proofs his is what he author intendedThen B comes out of it and into something entirely different in he penultimate and ailpiece Menelaid and Anonymiad For Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity the former it helpso 1 at least be acuainted with Greek mythology if not have recently read The Odyssey which I have 5 imes in he past five years since I Something Worth Landing For teachhat work 2 not worry What the Waves Know too much about allhe nested uotation marks Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus the firstime Your Best Age Is Now: Embrace an Ageless Mindset, Reenergize Your Dreams, and Live a Soul-Satisfying Life through We get it Menelaus immortality is real if linguistichis isn he voice of Menelaus The Warming this voice is Menelaus allhere is of himSo O Diário de Rywka the way I read LitF is not as discrete stories but as a curated set which readogether comprise a work if not a novel of sorts I The Oxford Inheritance tendo Iron and Blood thinkhat he heady minstre. 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L Ambrose is Burning Twilight the narrating author of Title and Life Story penning his own crack up So when Barth heads up his ass in Menelaid and Anonymiad he comes out onhe other side of sanity into a fully fictional world Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity that he can now manipulate as author inhe same way conventional folk perambulate He s a character whose awareness of his own fictionality has unmoored him from his docking my crux my core I m cutting you out Boomerang (Part One (Part One: Chapters 1 - 19) (A Boomerang Novel) there athe heart never o be filled a mere lacuna 177To go further would ransmogrify review essay Suffice More Big Nate! 3-Book Collection: Big Nate Goes for Broke, Big Nate Flips Out, Big Nate: In the Zone to sayhat if one is enough of a All Involved: Day Four troupero soldier It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) throughhe middle section here s a big pay out Or at least here was for me To be moved Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter to art instead ofo action by one s wretchedness may preserve one s life and sanity at The Actual One: How I Tried, and Failed, to Avoid Adulthood Forever the sameime it may leave one wretcheder yet 117Here we make an end bereft of all reference points Lost in Three Promises : An American Faerie Tale Collection the Funhouse 4255 Wello be honest I found his book o be almost as painful as La Disparition by Georges Perec reviewed here on GR It was full of inter Speak Easy, Speak Love textual and metafiction notes in other wordshe author All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together talkingo himself about how Clark the Shark the reader should or could interpret his works his choices of words his choices of plot devices etc There is no linear narrative otherhan a few chapters with Mad as Helen the same character Ambrose and his own set of neuroses I can see whyhe book was a bit revolutionary particularly in The Cherry Harvest: A Novel the hardo read section Menelaiad where he uotes inside of uotes inside of uotes and he Anonymiad which is again some belly bottom writing about writing about writing It was not really a pleasant read but as it was on he Yale Online Course American Literature after 1945 I wanted Keeper of Myths to read it Not sure if other work by John Barth is readable buthis book has certainly cured me of any curiosity I may have harboured I can deal with intertextuality in DFW and ISIS: The State of Terror to a degree in Gaddis or Pynchon but in Barth it goto be as distracting as The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy the missing e in La Disparition Indeed if I have yeto join he hosts of he suicides it is because fatigue apart I find it no meaningfuller Train I Ride to drown myselfhan o go on swimming John Barth Lost in he FunhouseDarwin ate U his mark A Once upon a ime here was a review The Cat King of Havana that began B view spoiler bOnce upon aime The Cat King of Havana there was a reviewhat began a hide spoiler Lost In The Funhouse Fiction For Print Tape Live Voice is John Barth s response The Shepherd to a gauntlet Marshall McLuhan washrowing down back in Estimating for Interior Designers the heady days ofhe sixties regarding So What If I Bleed the immanent demise ofhe work of art as printed The Lost Frost Girl text andhe subseuent decline in he fortunes of he Gutenberg family Sound familiar As it is his first collection of short fiction anomalous no matter one s response The Physics of Basketball tohe Funhouse please do pick up one of his long works Princess Of Desire the form in which his muse sings much so sweetlyHow seriously ought we regardhe book s subtitle for Print Tape Live Voice But according Missing Dixie tohe Author s Note hese pieces are intended for a variety of performance modalities ake The Authentics the print medium for granted but lose or gain nothing in oral recitation would lose part ofheir point n any except printed form meant for either print or recorded authorial voice but not for live or non authorial voice will make no sense unless heard in live or recorded voices male and female or read as if so heard intended for monophonic authorial recording either disc or ape for monophonic ape and visible but silent author may be said o have been composed for printed voice print monophonic recorded authorial voice stereophonic ditto in dialogue with itself live authorial voice live ditto in dialogue with monophonic ditto aforementioned and live ditto interlocutory with stereophonic et cetera my own preference You decide But hen should you Well yes of course we are here Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature to have a goodime after all Altogether now chorally On with he Story Indeed Frame Tale How o write fiction with scissors in many fewer hours Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention thanhat other guy with his whole cut up hing hat no one wants The Globalizers: Development Workers in Action to readAmbrose His Mark Water Message Lost inhe Funhouse The Ambrose stories Please From Crib to Kindergarten: The Essential Child Safety Guide take a gander athese stories when you get around o placing LETTERS on your calendar Character Ambrose take a gander at hese stories when you get around o placing LETTERS on your calendar Character Ambrose be recycled here Lost in he Funhouse JB For whom is he funhouse fun DFW For whom is he funhouse a houseWith his dialogue we see history shift from he postmodern o The Witchs Love Spell (Warlock Romance Trilogy, the post postmodern or at least an attempt athe post post Famously DFW wrote his Westward he Course of Empire Takes Its Way in he margins of his here very story That s reason enough o read it And who akes DFW seriously when he says hose unnice hings about our Barth man You say mean hings about your father all Horse Dildo Camwhore: The Dildo Diaries theime We Were Never Here tooMenelaiad Perhapshe crowning achievement of Audacious Creativity this collection of literary stunts and dares Having sent his unneeded but foisted student assistants intohe stacks Deathtrap Equalizer to discover frameales and stories about stories and stories with stories inside hem and such like you remember 1001 Nights etc his results indicated *that no story within story had been written which bored down han four or five *no story within story had been written which bored down The Ex than four or five deep ie a story within a story within a story within a story Ah said Herr Barth I can indeed do much better I can go as deep as seven stories within stories within etcetera And he did The result looks something likehis Love Or better Speak Menelaus cried Natural Knowledge in Preclassical Antiquity to Helen onhe bridal bed I reminded Helen in her Trojan bedroom I confessed Iron Heinrich (The Clockwork Fairytales, to Eidothea onhe beach I declared Iron Heinrich to Proteus inhe cave mouth I vouchsafed o Helen on he ship I old Peisistratus at least in my Spartan hall I say o whoever and where I am And Helen answered vide supraWill Exit Strategy that drive you mad How about sitting inhe audience at Boston College on Diva NashVegas the eve of a wintery storm whilst Herr Meister Barth readshe entire damn The Ventriloquists thing inclusive of visual aids by way of cue cards keeping count of all ofhat and Well Sweet as Sin that washe night he remet his bride Purity Lost: Transgressing Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1000–1400 to be and future book dedicatee ShellyPassionate Virtuosity indeed Two very brilliant stories and a whole kaboodle of indigestible bollocks Yes I confesso skipping lightly and sprightly over Traps Treachery: Core Rulebook (Legends Lairs, d20 System) the lasthree Greek mythology based items What is it with his Greek ripe But like many a cd I have purchased Dark and Deadly Valley thewo good ones were worth Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments the price of entry This collection is it says here a major landmark of experimental fiction Well as landmarks go it was a bit of a Hadrian s WallTourist Where s Hadrian s wallLocal inhabitant ofhe area It s right Infamous: the page-turning thriller from New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël thereTourist Whathat That s Hadrian s WallLocal Yes That s it Turns away Every Moment After to hide smileGREAT EXPERIMENTAL SHORT STORIESI love oneshat work and Bound for Trouble these are my must read favouritesThe Library of Babylon Jorge Luis BorgesThe Aleph Jorge Luis BorgesHeakes absolutely mental ideas and applies a freezing cold scholarly logic Addicted to Murder (Memoirs of a Serial Killer) tohemThe Terminal Beach J G BallardA prose poem with most of Giddens and Castells the repertoire of sinister Ballard symbols included Ihink he missed Gioconda descodificada: Retrato de la mujer del Renacimiento the empty swimming poolhis The European Union and the Palestinians time The Babysitter Robert CooverAstonishingly creepy and exciting heakes a stock horror story situation babysitter menaced by house intruder Disappointing This soi disant landmark in experimental fiction was stuffed with endless exercises in indulgence vague and rambling stories pretentious non seuiturs and assorted Greek gibberish The The Miracle Seed title piece Title and Petition werehe only engaging and amusing stories here Most of Machine Design the collection indulges in Barth s obsession with Victorian writing and Greek myth Night Sea Journey Meneliad and Anonymiad are insufferable despitehe clever Greening of Trade Law tricks and rare flashes of wit The middle story plays a brain busting game withhe metafiction format No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Home Front in World War II thoughhe content sags badly This Blair Witch: Book of Shadows territory has been explored withwice The People You Know, the Sex They Have the panache by Gil Sorrentino Barth s work skewsowards he cold and academic whereas Sorrentino never loses his steely humanity in spite of he high wire games. Everal Sin Eaters themes commono The Tactical Guide to Women: How Men Can Manage Risk in Dating and Marriage them all givinghem new meaning in A Red Skeleton in Your Closet the context ofhis collection.