Joseph McElroy's "Women and Men"
December 4, 2012 6:18 PM Subscribe
[Joseph] McElroy's sense of original and authentic contemporaneity makes him the most important novelist now writing in America, the artist who has most consistently combined the mastering capabilities of systems perspectives and an art of excess. Women and Men is the capstone of his career and, I believe, the most significant American novel published since
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Gravity's Rainbow. - Tom LeClair
The novel is out of print with used paperback copies selling for $100. There is an e-text online, if you know where to look.
Additional material that could not be fitted into the novel was published earlier this year as Preparations for Search
McElroy's other major novels include Lookout Cartridge
- a techno-thriller of sorts that David Foster Wallace acknowledged as an influence on Infinite Jest
- and the science fiction work Plus
For a gentler introduction, there are his essays:
- "Thoughts about Consciousness while Cutting in the Brain"
- These two
excerpts from a recently completed non-fiction book about water
- "9/11 Emerging" (previously)
- "Attractions Around Mount St. Helens"