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"Fire the Bastards! "is a scorching attack on the book-review media using the critical reception of William Gaddis's 1955 novel "The Recognitions "as a case study.

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Jack Green attended Princeton and worked for an insurance company before supporting himself fulltime as a freelance proofreader. Seventeen issues of his newspaper appeared between 1957 and 1965, and since then he has published various chapbooks. He lives in New York s Greenwich Village.

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"Green not only names reviewers and publications; the prose is meticulously cross-referenced, peppered thoroughly with direct quotations, dates, and bibliographical data. Vicious and hilarious, these issues of newspaper initiate a culture war worthy of Swift." -- The Stranger Jan 17-23 95

"That writers whose work is even a little outside the norms of the mummified familiar are almost invariably ill-served by reviewers afflicted with profound reading disabilities is a truism familiar even to cats and dogs. What a pleasure it is, then, to have Fire the Bastards! . . . A witty, devastating, and justly contemptuous assault launched against the zombie reviewers who triedout of, variously, malice, stupidity, ignorance, sloth, and a vast incompetenceto destroy The Recognitions, this relentlessly detailed reply razes all things idiotic." (Gilbert Sorrentino -- Gilbert Sorrentino

"This dissection of a body of contemporary criticism remains a challenge to critics and readers in its exposure of critical shorthand which serves deadline and cant rather than the work in question." -- Book/Mark 8-94

"[Green] gives to his project a pure, focused energy. It's beautiful to witness. Hey, Jack Green, you were alive, man!" -- Curtis White, Exquisite Corpse 11-92

"[The reviewers] deserve to be scathed, just as Green's little book deserves to be reprinted, both for its insights into The Recognitions and for the disturbing light it sheds on today's reviewing establishment, with which the novel would have probably fared worse than it did in 1955." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4-11-93

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