Journalist

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Journalist

By Harry Matthews; Harry Mathews

Dalkey Archive Press, Paperback, 9781564781659, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1997

Description

As an aid to recovering from a nervous breakdown, the narrator of?"The Journalist"?begins to keep daily records of almost everything that goes on in his life, from how much he has spent on books and movies to what he eats. As the diary progresses, the narrator's entries become more and more detailed and increasingly bizarre, especially as he begins to devise elaborate classification systems for his unwieldy materials. Since these entries require more and more of his time, he begins to withdraw from family and friends, entering a world perfectly ordered, organized, and utterly weird.



About the Author
Harry Mathews (born February 14, 1930) is an American author of various novels, volumes of poetry and short fiction, and essays.Harry Mathews was the first American chosen for membership in the French literary society known as the Oulipo, which is dedicated to exploring new possibilities in literature, in particular through the use of various constraints and algorithms. The late French writer Georges Perec, likewise a member, was a good friend, and the two translated some of each other's writings. Mathews considers many of his works to be Oulipian in nature, but even before he encountered the society he was working in a parallel direction.Mathews is currently married to the writer Marie Chaix and divides his time between Paris, Key West, and New York.


NPR
Monday, Feb 20, 2012

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