Erasure. A Novel. Percival Everett. Erasure. download cover image. “With equal measures of sympathy and satire, [Erasure] craftily addresses. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood Misery by Stephen King The Shining by Stephen King Erasure by Percival Everett Possession by A.S. Byatt. When I first read Percival Everett’s Erasure, it was assigned to me by Gregory Pardlo. Years removed from his Pulitzer Prize, Pardlo was a.

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His fiction has appeared in ACM: The intervening 15 years have seen further missteps as we try to determine the answer. You can follow his calculated musings on Twitter SmilingDarkly. The world be stinkin’ so why not me? Erasure is as much Everett’s breakthrough novel as My Pafology is Ellison’s; and that is this novel’s main joke; an excellent one, I might add.

Sadly, in these days of “civility” and identity politics, one can never read this piece too many times: My printer remains unattended to as I continue to contemplate a major computer overhaul.

Similarly, tapping out an e-mail and hitting the Send key or texting with your opposable thumbs produces a different effect from composing a letter, revising it, putting it in an envelope and mailing it to someone. And as demand begins to build for meetings with and appearances by Leigh, Monk is faced with a whole new set of problems.

His contempt for all things disingenuous, including himself, at times, has alienated him from his colleagues and his readers, whomever they might be. What benefited that previous discussion was not the fact that it was dverett the internet, but that everybody involved was intent on figuring out the stated problem. You sold my picture?

But what’s even better, when you read this book, you can see glimmering there behind the prose the shape of the intelligence that made it, and going by the results, Percival Evdrett is one hell of a smart guy. Yet the book is not so alarmingly dishonest.


A writer gives his final fuck-you, and Percival Everett delivers his poisoned valentine to the publishing industry. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There is less than a week left to support our matching grant fund drive!

I was snagged, hung up on the idea that Everett has been avoiding, ironizing, and parodying the expectation that black writers will write about race. The story revolves around what happens when this book becomes a runaway success and Monk must face the monster he’s created.

Assumption and Erasure By Percival Everett

I also felt a lot of empathy with Monk and his situation with his mother, because I’ve been through something similar with taking care eberett my own grandmother. That’s not to say that writing longhand is better than writing on a typewriter, or that writing on a typewriter is better than writing on a laptop; rather, it’s to say that each of these acts is different from the others and will yield different types of prose.

Loren Estleman and I are still pen pals today. How Monk deals with the unforeseen success of the novel offers a thrilling ride for the reader. Combining the street smarts of Elmore Leonard with the work ethic of Joyce Carol OatesEstleman has published more than 60 novels, most notably Westerns and crime novels featuring an engagingly gruff Detroit private eye named Amos Walker.

These chapters also trace the familial tensions over the secret painting. He avoids the kind of self-expression, the kind of outward emotion associated with the blues. Evertet is hurt more by stereotypes?

The family relationships are drawn sparely and poignantly; Everett does an amazing job evoking the joint violence and passivity of Alzheimer’s and the difficulty of being grown children coming to terms with a parental past and a sibling-dominated present. He resists the impulse to moralize the cryptic and plain alike.

As his own personal narrative unravels, Monk accepts the book deal as the offer price soars, and even dresses up to pose as the walking stereotype and author of My PafologyStagg R. A man is stunned over the body of his small daughter who has been killed in the exchange of gunfire. Mother declines, manifests everet, forcing Monk to move to D.

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It was nearly always a source of warmth in the underpainting, but it was never on the surface, never more than an idea on any work. Monk is angered by the success of Jenkins’ book, so he composes a satirical response based on Richard Wright ‘s Native Son and Sapphire ‘s novel Pushwhich he first entitles My Pafology before changing it to Fuck. We’re a couple of writers whose bond petcival built on two things: I think everyone worries about putting their percvial into a assisted care facility, and it’s hard to admit that the time is right, when there is also the risk that if you wait too egasure, something could happen to them.

Is a black artist black, then an artist, an artist, then black, or is this just a dumb ass question that people need to finally stop asking?

Well, read the book. A blistering assault on white preconceptions of what it means to be “authentically” black, and a gripping family tragedy. But this book was a real slap in the face. The author does allow as how Adam Gopnick may not be entirely to blame as someone else at the NYer might have headlined the piece apparently offensively titled, “Harper Lee’s failed novel”.

Well – This was an extrememly thought provoking book and I would have given it five stars had it not been so thought provoking at times that I had some difficulty following where the author wanted me to go. I’ve already read Assumption which is so far my favorite, though as a character I think I like Thelonious better. And I loved this story about what it means to be a black writer, or to be black in general.

The picture you drew for me. In a good way. We’ve been corresponding, off and on, for 30 years. He refuses to buy a computer, though his wife has created a website to help sell his books.