Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts

Matthew Vollmer (Editor) David Shields (Editor)


In our bureaucratized culture, we re inundated by documents: itineraries, instruction manuals, permit forms, primers, letters of complaint, end-of-year reports, accidentally forwarded email, traffic updates, ad infinitum. David Shields and Matthew Vollmer, both writers and professors, have gathered forty short fictions that they ve found to be seriously hilarious and irresistibly teachable (in both writing and literature courses): counterfeit texts that capture the barely suppressed frustration and yearning that percolate just below the surface of most official documents. The innovative stories collected in Fakes including ones by Ron Carlson (a personal ad), Amy Hempel (a complaint to the parking department), Rick Moody (Works Cited), and Lydia Davis (a letter to a funeral parlor) trace the increasingly blurry line between fact and fiction and exemplify a crucial form for the twenty-first century."

Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
October 15, 2012
5.92 X 1.22 X 7.81 inches | 0.84 pounds
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About the Author

Matthew Vollmer is the author of INSCRIPTIONS FOR HEADSTONES (Outpost19), a collection of essays; two collections of short stories, FUTURE MISSIONARIES OF AMERICA (Salt Modern Fiction) and GATEWAY TO PARADISE (Persea); and with David Shields is the co-editor of FAKES: An Anthology of Pseudo Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts (Norton). In 2010, Vollmer was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
David Shields, the author of Reality Hunger, is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington.