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A Man of Ideas and Other Stories

by David Galef


About the Author

David Galef has published thirteen books: the novels FleshTurning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress; the short-story collection Laugh Track; two children’s books, The Little Red Bicycle and Tracks; two translations of Japanese proverbs, Even Monkeys Fall from Trees and Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk; a work of literary criticism, The Supporting Cast; an edited anthology of essays, Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading; a critical edition of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles; a co-edited anthology of fiction, 20 over 40; and, most recently, the poetry collection Flaws and the poetry chapbook Lists. He has written over seventy short stories for magazines ranging from the British Punch to the Czech Prague Revue, the Canadian Prism International and the American Shenandoah. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesNewsdayThe Village VoiceTwentieth Century LiteratureThe Columbia History of the British Novel, and many other places. His awards include a Henfield Foundation grant, a Writers Exchange award from Poets & Writers, and a Mississippi Arts Council grant, as well as residencies at Yaddo and Ragdale. He is a professor of English and the former administrator of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi.

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Galef’s stories travel through difficult territory with an exacting intelligence. Many writers work from absurd premises, but Galef is frequently able to convert his giddy subversions into more sinister stuff, and what results are stark nightmares cast as daytime dramas, disturbing tales fueled by worry and strangeness. This is an anxious, inventive book by a writer of striking gifts.

Ben Marcus