Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism. Published by Cow Eye Press

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Ah, that's too bad.

Finn Harvor

"Max Apple's debut, the short story collection The Oranging of America, was published in 1976, and in retrospect seems a kind of transitional work between the energetic postmodern comedy represented by, say, Stanley Elkin and the sort of "minimalism" practiced by a writer like Bobbie Ann Mason, whose fiction was widely noted for its references to the various brand names and other cultural artifacts of contemporary American popular culture."

Not to sound nit-picky, and I'm sure the contrast with Mason is apt, but given the period when Apple began his career (mid-/late-seventies), wouldn't a contrast with another writer whose career preceded Mason's and who also used brand-names in her fiction both as a form of descriptive short-hand and as a means of instantly achieving ironic distance be fitting? I'm thinking of Ann Beattie.

Dan Green

Beattie would work as well.

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