Paperback ´ Instant Lives eBook Ú

Paperback ´ Instant Lives eBook Ú


Instant Lives ❮BOOKS❯ ✬ Instant Lives Author Howard Moss – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk A classic artistic parody from two of the world s most satiric minds Moss uncovers remarkable historical anecdotes, which are accompanied by Gorey s absurdly deadpan drawings Although the insightful s A classic artistic parody from two of the world s most satiric minds Moss uncovers remarkable historical anecdotes, which are accompanied by Gorey s absurdly deadpan drawings Although the insightful scenarios involving Emily Dickinson, Mozart, Henrik Ibsen, and El Greco are all the product of Moss s fertile imagination, his uncanny emulation of style makes us believe they just possibly might be trueillustrations.


10 thoughts on “Instant Lives

  1. Kate Kate says:

    This laugh out loud book parodies famous writers including in particularly funny chapters Hemingway, Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen I about peed myself the first time I read the Gertrude Stein chapter.


  2. Kate Kate says:

    Edward Gorey s illustrations are crucial to Howard Moss s satirical biographies of famous artists without his drawings, the stories wouldn t be nearly as charming and wouldn t land as well This is particularly important for artists who areobscure now than they were in the 1970s, when this book was published Not necessarily laugh out loud funny, but I chuckledthan once, and I found it very enjoyable Moss s life of James Joyce could be called an A trolling of the man, and if Edward Gorey s illustrations are crucial to Howard Moss s satirical biographies of famous artists without his drawings, the stories wouldn t be nearly as charming and wouldn t land as well This is particularly important for artists who areobscure now than they were in the 1970s, when this book was published Not necessarily laugh out loud funny, but I chuckledthan once, and I found it very enjoyable Moss s life of James Joyce could be called an A trolling of the man, and if Howard Moss were alive, I would track him down just to high five him for it.One content note There is an odd, throwaway line about a transsexual that I think is a joke, but I honestly can t figure it out, and I can t even tell you if it s mean spirited or not although, as we know, intent is not magical It s so old fashioned I can t even tell what Moss was trying to get at, which makes me think that if he had been writing this book even 20 years later, he wouldn t have included it


  3. Catherine Catherine says:

    Weird and often charming satirical pieces on various authors in their own writing styles , poets, musicians and other creative folks Edward Gorey s illustrations definitely make the prose work, but as noted elsewhere it definitely helps if you re familiar with the works and elements the author is satirizing.


  4. S G-W S G-W says:

    Loses a star because there is not a Gorey illustration for every person, and also I feel as if he didn t get a chance to finish his Oscar Wilde illustration, which, really, should have had a particular chance to shine he may have just spent too much time around Oscar s eyes.


  5. Ted Ted says:

    A book saved by Gorey s illustrations and Augustin Eugene Scribe s supposed one and two line plays.


  6. Philip Philip says:

    Hilarious Highly recommended


  7. Jrobertus Jrobertus says:

    This is the funniest, wittiest book I have read in years Moss was the poetry editor for the New Yorker, an erudite chap indeed In addition the book is illustrated by Edward Gorey The book is short vignettes of famous artists, musicians, and writers They are written in the style of the artist or that of their biographers It helps to be familiar with these people to get the full effect All the stories are funny, but the ones about Jane Austen, the Brontes, Ford Maddox Ford, Ibsen, El Greco, This is the funniest, wittiest book I have read in years Moss was the poetry editor for the New Yorker, an erudite chap indeed In addition the book is illustrated by Edward Gorey The book is short vignettes of famous artists, musicians, and writers They are written in the style of the artist or that of their biographers It helps to be familiar with these people to get the full effect All the stories are funny, but the ones about Jane Austen, the Brontes, Ford Maddox Ford, Ibsen, El Greco, and Chopin brought tears to my eyes


  8. Megan Salter Megan Salter says:

    As I m not a music aficionado, I found those biographies impenetrable, as did another reviewer I consider myself pretty well educated but felt I was being left out of the joke in several spots Any flaws this book might possess are made up for by the fantastic contributions by Gorey.


  9. Emily Emily says:

    The Gorey illustrations are, of course, fabulous The depiction of Proust was exceptionally entertaining The prose was a bit dodgy in places the brief bios of Emily Dickinson, Debussy, and the Bront sisters were great, but some of the others were rather impenetrable.


  10. Leslie Leslie says:

    2 3 page satires on various authors, composers, and artists Some of them are quite clever, others a bit thick for comprehension Of course, that may be my poor knowledge, as I had to look up some of the included characters


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