Barry Yourgrau's celebrated second book, which focuses his transfiguring surreal imagination on our most personal institution: family.
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Barry Yourgrau is a writer and performance artist. He is also the author of Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act as well as A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane, Haunted Traveller, and The Sadness of Sex, which was adapted into a movie in which he stars. He and his work have appeared on MTV’s Unplugged: Spoken Word and NPR’s All Things Considered and Selected Shorts, among others. He lives in New York and Istanbul.
The author of A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane (Sun, 1984) writes of childhood and parents, of lust and death with humorous charm. He is at his best describing Bo-Peep-like Shepherdesses scrapping like harlots, pirates attacking suburbia, or the man, in "Habeas Corpus," who discovers his girlfriend in a pool of blood only to return to the room to find her reading. "Can't you read something besides those horrible murder mysteries?" he asks. All the pieces are short, a paragraph to at most a few pages, and thus many are disappointingly no more than fragments or vignettes. After awhile fathers in soap bubbles or dressed as women, cows wearing lingerie, or safaris down the street can seem tedious, but the absurb remains vividly rendered. Peter Bricklebank, English Dept., City Coll., CUNY
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