[sic] by Joshua Cody
A Memoir

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“The memoir of the year . . . a book in which the sentences swing into you like small, gleaming axes.”—New York Times


Joshua Cody, a brilliant young composer, was about to receive his PhD when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Facing a bone marrow transplant and full radiation, he charts his struggle: the fury, the tendency to self-destruction, and the ruthless grasping for life and sensation; the encounter with beautiful Ariel, who gives him cocaine and a blow job in a Manhattan restaurant following his first treatment; the detailed morphine fantasy complete with a bride called Valentina while, in reality, hospital staff are pinning him to his bed.



Moving effortlessly between references to Don Giovanni and the Rolling Stones, Ezra Pound and Buffalo Bill, and studded with pages from his own diaries and hospital notebooks, [sic] is a mesmerizing, hallucinatory glimpse into a young man’s battle against disease and a celebration of art, language, music, and life.
 

About Joshua Cody

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Joshua Cody received his bachelor's degree in music composition from Northwestern University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He is a composer and filmmaker living in New York City.
 
Published October 17, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Occasionally overwritten but powerfully provocative memoir about death and drugs that is likely to attract a lot of attention.

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The New York Times

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“[sic],” Joshua Cody’s raunchy memoir, recounts his search for reasons to live as he fights cancer and what he calls “the guilt of the ill.”

Dec 20 2011 | Read Full Review of [sic]: A Memoir

The New York Times

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Joshua Cody’s frenetic memoir encompasses devastating illness, creativity, sex, drugs and 30-something life in New York.

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The Guardian

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To Cody, Foster Wallace is "our greatest writer", but his malign influence on [sic] has been to persuade Cody that some 250 pages of sophomoric free association, loosely connected to the via crucis of contemporary oncology in which Cody's immune system became "basically that of a patient with lat...

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The Guardian

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Joshua Cody issues a warning to readers who pick up [Sic], his cleverly entitled memoir of cancer and recovery.

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Publishers Weekly

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After a pulled muscle in his neck led him to go to the doctor, Cody, a music composer, found out he had a malignant tumor in his neck and suddenly his whole life changed. As he went through treatment,

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San Francisco Chronicle

Fleeting memories from Cody's past - his discovery of Ezra Pound, a moment with his father, a memorable drive with a lover, and others - reappear throughout the book, often obliquely, like a three-note motif in a concerto.

Oct 30 2011 | Read Full Review of [sic]: A Memoir

Scotsman.com

You’re writing a book, not performing a monologue.) The awed response to this book from elements of the high-end American literati looks likely to establish Cody as a significant man of letters.

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