See What I See

See What I See : Essays

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What does it mean today to experience a work of art? Where can we turn in search of the genuine, the sincere, the truly accomplished? And even if we were to find them, would we know how to acknowledge their value? The essays in See What I See are the fruits of a lifetime spent grappling with these questions. By turns lyrical and arch, they seek answers in the artistic achievements of the great masters--from Gaddis and Gass to Kubrick and Rohmer--as well as in less likely places. For Greg Gerke, the nectar of aesthetic experience is found as often in the human body as in poetry or prose. This new and expanded version of See What I See, with an introduction by noted scholar Steven Moore, is the perfect companion for the bookworm or cinephile.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 20mm | 454g
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 1953409016
  • 9781953409010
  • 1,119,930

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"This beguiling collection of belletristic essays puts into practice William H. Gass' belief that 'works of art are meant to be lived with and loved.' In prose as beautiful and imagistic as Gass', Gerke recounts how he has lived with and loved certain authors--Gass, Gaddis, Stevens, Stein, Naipaul, and others--and with some auteur directors. See What I See paints a portrait of a 'man of letters' in the old sense of the term, someone for whom literature is a way of life, not an academic profession, and I can't recommend this highly enough." --Steven Moore, author of The Novel: An Alternative Biography and My Back Pages
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About Greg Gerke

Greg Gerke lives in Brooklyn, NY. His collection of stories Especially the Bad Things was published in the U.K. in 2019.
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