Pieces of Soap by Stanley Elkin
Essays

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There's a tendency to approach a posthumous collection of work by an esteemed "writer's writer" with respectful courtesy, but Stanley Elkin's essays demand a rowdier response from readers. They're weird and spirited, full of literal piss and vinegar.
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A collection of witty, idiosyncratic essays offers observations and reflections on American absurdities, ranging from show business to the First Amendment, high literature to first sex. By the author of The MacGuffin.
 

About Stanley Elkin

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Elkin is a two-time recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award,and is widely regarded as one of the most important writers of the contemporary period.
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Tin House Books. 412 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Nov 10 2016

There's a tendency to approach a posthumous collection of work by an esteemed "writer's writer" with respectful courtesy, but Stanley Elkin's essays demand a rowdier response from readers. They're weird and spirited, full of literal piss and vinegar.

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