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Fakes : an anthology of pseudo-interviews, faux-lectures, quasi-letters, "found" texts, and other fraudulent artifacts

Author: David Shields; Matthew Vollmer
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Two writers and professors present 40 short pieces of fiction that serve as humorous counterfeit texts, including a personal ad from Ron Carlson, a parking department complaint from Amy Hempel, and a list of works cited from Rick Moody.
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Genre/Form: Creative nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Shields; Matthew Vollmer
ISBN: 9780393341959 039334195X
OCLC Number: 783161112
Description: 361 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Learning how to fake it --
"Disclaimer" : disclaimer / David Means --
"I can speak!" : letter responding to complaint / George Saunders --
Some instructions to my wife concerning the upkeep of the house and marriage, and to my son and daughter concerning the conduct of their childhood (excerpt) : instructions/guidebook / Stanley Crawford --
"One thousand words on why you should not talk during a fire drill" : essay as punishment / Mark Halliday --
"Problems for self-study" : story problems / Charles Yu --
"Permission slip" : public address / Caron A. Levis --
"How to become a writer" : instructions / Lorrie Moore --
"The dead sister handbook--
a guide for sensitive boys (laconic method to near misses)" : glossary / Kevin Wilson --
"Interview with a moron" : interview / Elizabeth Stuckey-French --
"Reference #388475848-5" : letter to parking bureau / Amy Hempel --
"The explanation" : interview / Donald Barthelme --
Letters to Wendy's (excerpt) : comment cards / Joe Wenderoth --
"This is just to say that I'm tired of sharing an apartment with William Carlos Williams" : note / Laura Jayne Martin --
"Single woman for long walks on the beach" : personal ad / Ron Carlson --
"My beard, reviewed" : reviews / Chris Bachelder --
"The varieties of romantic experience--
an introduction" : lecture / Rob Cohen --
"Vis à vis love" : contract / Mieke Eerkens --
"Practice problem" : story problem / Joseph Salvatore --
"Officers weep" : police blotter / Daniel Orozco --
"Subtotals" : list / Greg Burnham --
"Our spring catalog : publisher's catalog / Jack Pendarvis --
"Reply all" : e-mail / Robin Hemley --
"Chaucer tweets the South by Southwest Festival" : twitter feed / Kari Anne Roy --
"Iconographic conventions of pre- and early Renaissance--
Italian representations of the flagellation of Christ" : academic essay / Rachel B. Glaser --
"The human side of instrumental transcommunication" : conference paper / Wendy Brenner --
"Class notes" : alumni newsletter / Lucas Cooper --
"Dear Stephen Hawking" : letter / Samantha Hunt --
"National treasures" : auction catalog / Charles McLeod --
"Discarded notions" : list / Matthew Williamson --
"Star Lake letters" : correspondence / Arda Collins --
"Life story" : compilation / David Shields --
"Instructions for extinction" : instructions / Melanie Rae Thon --
"Will & testament" : will and testament / Matthew Vollmer --
"Letter to a funeral parlor" : letter / Lydia Davis --
"Acknowledgments" : author's acknowledgments / Paul Theroux --
"Primary sources" : works cited / Rick Moody --
"Contributor's note" : contributor's note / Michael Martone --
"The year's best fiction 2008--
the authors speak" : author's explanations / J. Robert Lennon --
"About the typefaces not used in this edition" : note on type / Jonathan Safran Foer --
"The index" : index / J.G. Ballard.
Responsibility: edited by David Shields and Matthew Vollmer.

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