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My review of Jon Woodson's Endowed, a comic novel, which I strongly
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Endowed, a comic novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars  (3)
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, June 6, 2014
By Alan Sondheim (Brooklyn, NY United States)
This review is from: Endowed, a comic novel (Paperback)
I love Woodson's book with his snippets of intellectual fanfare, outrageous
couplings and disseminations of academic jargon and the
erotics/violence/peaceful orientations of planned and chance meetings, the
internal workings of academic committees, and everything else literally in the
world. What makes it run like a well-oiled America's Cup yacht is the language,
which is curiously reminsicent of Johnson mixed with the satiriology of Pope.
Theory dooms itself, strangles action; students strangle theory and the world
turns toward branding. I've never read anything like it. The way the body, the
person, descends into language - the way language emerges as high-speed particle
physics and sound bites - brings the digital home in the midst of what can only
be described as bickering raised to an incandescent level; even Transuranium, in
his triumph, is submerged. Wonderful!
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