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Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer

by Kenneth Patchen

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The saga of Alfred Budd of Bivalve, New Jersey, a Candide-like innocent and part-time pornographer.
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I was taken by this review: http://www.textheavy.com/clippings/patchen.html

but I see there are various interesting ones on goodreads to whet your appetite for this one.

  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
I was taken by this review: http://www.textheavy.com/clippings/patchen.html

but I see there are various interesting ones on goodreads to whet your appetite for this one.

  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
I was taken by this review: http://www.textheavy.com/clippings/patchen.html

but I see there are various interesting ones on goodreads to whet your appetite for this one.

  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Basic problem: it isn't amusing, either in the conventional reckoning, or some more involved ironic sense. Fact is that Patchen, though a great spirit and richly gifted writer, did not thrive as a writer of prose. So, some one in the back of the class immediately raises her hand and demands, "But what about THE JOURNAL OF ALBION MOONLIGHT?!" To which I reply, "Ah yes, but that is prose only in the narrowly descriptive sense. Read it aloud, and savour it as the poetry which it really is. Or better yet, listen to Patchen's own recorded reading. Why did I ever sell mine . . . ?" ( )
  HarryMacDonald | Oct 19, 2012 |
This book bears some resemblance to a novel, but I personally approach it as a series of prose poems. To the extent that it contains a plot, it revolves around the naive antics of an obscurity who has a genius for recording everything that he encounters in an extremely credulous and literal-minded fashion; at this level it resembles the Grossmith brothers' Diary of a Nobody (or, the publisher insists, Voltaire's Candide). That thread of the book eventually diminishes, though, and for most of its length the book serves as a missing link between Gertrude Stein and the Beat poets; disconnected, beautiful language building absurdist dialogues, social criticism and character descriptions, sometimes very funny, often of great vibrancy and beauty, with a sharp left turn toward the mystical toward the end. ( )
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