It's easy to see why Ben Marcus has developed a fan base among conceptual artists. As a committed anti-realist, fond of bending the meanings of words to his own ends, he shows a deeper kinship with Duchamp and Johns than with the Great Tradition of the novel. He constructs his narratives as an astronomer would a space telescope, so as to better observe and laugh at the earthly conventions of realism. The blood in his literary veins flows from French modernist jokers like Roussel and Queneau, via their American comperes Barthelme,... More >>>
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"I am probably Ben Marcus": The novelist contemplates better reading through food.