About Ed


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New York Review of Books
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5.7 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Robert Glück is a poet, fiction writer, critic, and editor. With Bruce Boone, he founded the New Narrative movement in San Francisco. His poetry collections include Reader and, with Boone, La Fontaine. His fiction includes the story collection Denny Smith, and the novel Jack the Modernist. Glück edited, with Camille Roy, Mary Berger, and Gail Scott, the anthology Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative, and his collected essays, Communal Nude, appeared in 2016. Glück served as the director of San Francisco State's Poetry Center, co-director of the Small Press Traffic Literary Center, and associate editor at Lapis Press. NYRB Classics reissued his novel Margery Kempe in 2020. He lives in San Francisco.


"I've probably never anticipated a book so eagerly. About Ed is love the way it happens: awkward, lyrical with antagonism, stuff & flourish. Love has duration and is irreplaceable. And this is such a book." --Eileen Myles

"Ultimately, About Ed looks not so much toward the future as it does toward a suspended past. If this is a book about a lost loved one, it is also a memorial to a lost sensibility, a period in the 1970s when sex was "founded on hope," before the onslaught of the AIDS crisis." --Mattilda Berstein Sycamore, The New York Times

"Both kaleidoscopic and bracingly tender, [About Ed] locates us in familiar New Narrative territory, with gossipy references to intimates whose names you are assumed to know (or quickly learn), playful pastiche and the campy aestheticization of 'low' culture....The writing is non-linear and echoic as it nonetheless fiercely inhabits the present." --Sam Buchan-Watts, Frieze

"The masterly latest from Glück, whose novel Margery Kempe was reissued by NYRB Classics in 2020, examines sex, death, and literature through the story of his friend's death from AIDS.... Based on 20 years of notes, including recorded conversations with Aulerich-Sugai and excerpts from his dream journals, Glück's novel is as philosophical and theory-leaning as one would expect from a writer of the New Narrative movement, while still offering carnivalesque carnality, piercing humor, keen social observation, and a humane, earthy sensibility. This is a revelation." --Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"What Glück means by New Narrative seems to be, essentially, writing that narrates its narrating at the same time as it narrates something else. It is writing that questions itself and sometimes gives misleading answers, that conveys meaning and undermines it at the same time, eventually aiming at "total continuity and total disjunction". . . . I like Glück's writing for its sensuality, its generosity, and its enthusiasm." --Barry Schwabsky, Hyperallergic