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SAMUEL JOHNSON IS INDIGNANT (Chapter One)Boring Friends

We know only four boring people. The rest of our friends we find very interesting. However, most of the friends we find interesting find us boring: the most interesting find us the most boring. The few who are somewhere in the middle, with whom there is reciprocal interest, we distrust: at any moment, we feel, they may become too interesting for us, or we too interesting for them.

SAMUEL JOHNSON IS INDIGNANT Copyright © 1976, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 by Lydia Davis.

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lukas, May 21, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Lydia Davis writes short stories. Like really short stories. Some in this collection are a paragraph. Some are only one sentence. She is clearly questioning and redefining, with oddball style and irony, what the short story is. She reminds me a bit of Donald Barthleme's post-modern, playful take on the short story and both of them can be seen as an influence on the McSweeney's house style. I can't really say if I enjoyed it or not, but it was interesting. Here's the title story: "Samuel Johnson is indignant: that Scotland has so few trees." Brilliant!
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ISBN:
9780312420567
Author:
Davis, Lydia
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-47
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.67 x 0.575 in

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Product details 224 pages Picador USA - English 9780312420567 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In this latest collection, Davis doesn't disappoint: the 56 stories — paragraph-long meditations, stories in sections, and humorous one-liners — showcase the wordplay and distillation of meaning that have become her stylistic hallmarks, offering up crisp twists on familiar themes....Eclectic and astute, Davis continues to find new ways to tell us the things we need to know."
"Review" by , "Translator, novelist, and short-fiction specialist Davis assembles another fine collection of 54 wry, haunting pieces, old and new, brief and long....Outsiders, self-doubt, and alienation: all form the bedrock upon which Davis sets up an off-kilter, edgy universe distinctly her own."
"Synopsis" by , From one of the "true originals of contemporary American short fiction" ("San Francisco Chronicle") comes this crystalline collection of investigations into the ways in which human being perceive each other and themselves. An ALA Notable Book of the Year.
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From one of our most imaginative and inventive writers, a crystalline collection of perfectly modulated, sometimes harrowing and often hilarious investigations into the multifaceted ways in which human beings perceive each other and themselves. A couple suspects their friends think them boring; a woman resolves to see herself as nothing but then concludes she's set too high a goal; and a funeral home receives a letter rebuking it for linguistic errors. Lydia Davis once again proves in the words of the Los Angeles Times "one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction."

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