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This Is Not It, Lynne Tillman's collection of 20 years' worth of important and compelling short stories and novellas, the protagonists seduce you into their lives and thoughts. Engaging, funny, elegant and ironic, Tillman takes the reader to new heights of wit and meaning through staccato phrases, grammatical twists and sensuous language. Familiar worlds of honesty, decei This Is Not It, Lynne Tillman's collection of 20 years' worth of important and compelling short stories and novellas, the protagonists seduce you into their lives and thoughts. Engaging, funny, elegant and ironic, Tillman takes the reader to new heights of wit and meaning through staccato phrases, grammatical twists and sensuous language. Familiar worlds of honesty, deceit, dark humor, pleasure, pain, confusion, dependence, love and lust each play decisive roles in her believable fictions. In "Come and Go," three characters and an author collide. In "Pleasure Isn't a Pretty Picture," the reader is treated to a he/she meditation on the one-night stand. And "Dead Sleep" is truly an insomniac's worst nightmare. A twin act on a double bill, This Is Not It is a collection of innovative and stand-alone writing that also engages and matches wits with the some of the best contemporary art: work by Kiki Smith, Jane Dickson, Jessica Stockholder, Diller & Scofidio, Laura Letinsky, Peter Dreher, Roni Horn, Stephen Ellis, Juan Munoz, Vik Muniz, Silvia Kolbowski, Jeff Koons, James Welling, Aura Rosenberg, Barbara Ess, Barbara Kruger, Dolores Marat, Haim Steinbach, Gary Schneider, Marco Breuer, Stephen Prina and Linder Sterling. Since 1982, acclaimed novelist Tillman has created these unique narratives that are a parallel universe to the contemporary art world. Maybe they're analogues or dialogues, maybe fictions inspired by art, maybe reflections, or meditations--but whatever they're called, like Borges's fictions, they are their own worlds, too. Tillman has marked out terrain of her own, which this collection celebrates. Full of life and art, This Is Not It is illuminating, bold, subtle and riotous. This limited edition of 100 numbered copies comes in a special red cloth binding with a tipped-in, hand-titled and signed polaroid portrait of the author, and a set of fake book club award stickers.


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This Is Not It, Lynne Tillman's collection of 20 years' worth of important and compelling short stories and novellas, the protagonists seduce you into their lives and thoughts. Engaging, funny, elegant and ironic, Tillman takes the reader to new heights of wit and meaning through staccato phrases, grammatical twists and sensuous language. Familiar worlds of honesty, decei This Is Not It, Lynne Tillman's collection of 20 years' worth of important and compelling short stories and novellas, the protagonists seduce you into their lives and thoughts. Engaging, funny, elegant and ironic, Tillman takes the reader to new heights of wit and meaning through staccato phrases, grammatical twists and sensuous language. Familiar worlds of honesty, deceit, dark humor, pleasure, pain, confusion, dependence, love and lust each play decisive roles in her believable fictions. In "Come and Go," three characters and an author collide. In "Pleasure Isn't a Pretty Picture," the reader is treated to a he/she meditation on the one-night stand. And "Dead Sleep" is truly an insomniac's worst nightmare. A twin act on a double bill, This Is Not It is a collection of innovative and stand-alone writing that also engages and matches wits with the some of the best contemporary art: work by Kiki Smith, Jane Dickson, Jessica Stockholder, Diller & Scofidio, Laura Letinsky, Peter Dreher, Roni Horn, Stephen Ellis, Juan Munoz, Vik Muniz, Silvia Kolbowski, Jeff Koons, James Welling, Aura Rosenberg, Barbara Ess, Barbara Kruger, Dolores Marat, Haim Steinbach, Gary Schneider, Marco Breuer, Stephen Prina and Linder Sterling. Since 1982, acclaimed novelist Tillman has created these unique narratives that are a parallel universe to the contemporary art world. Maybe they're analogues or dialogues, maybe fictions inspired by art, maybe reflections, or meditations--but whatever they're called, like Borges's fictions, they are their own worlds, too. Tillman has marked out terrain of her own, which this collection celebrates. Full of life and art, This Is Not It is illuminating, bold, subtle and riotous. This limited edition of 100 numbered copies comes in a special red cloth binding with a tipped-in, hand-titled and signed polaroid portrait of the author, and a set of fake book club award stickers.

30 review for This Is Not It: Stories By Lynne Tillman Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    MJ Nicholls

    Classy and thought-provoking stories from the Manhattan-based multimedia artist. Tillman has a distinctive approach to storytelling. She approaches the page like an artist approaches her canvas, painting vivid and surreal pictures of strange, hyperreal worlds. "Madame Realism" is a recurring character whose presence lends the book a metaphysical depth, an intellectual peculiarity. It does suffer from its unrelentingly abstract approach, but the variety of technical display is kept impressively fr Classy and thought-provoking stories from the Manhattan-based multimedia artist. Tillman has a distinctive approach to storytelling. She approaches the page like an artist approaches her canvas, painting vivid and surreal pictures of strange, hyperreal worlds. "Madame Realism" is a recurring character whose presence lends the book a metaphysical depth, an intellectual peculiarity. It does suffer from its unrelentingly abstract approach, but the variety of technical display is kept impressively fresh and original throughout. Tillman avoids pretension because her characters glow the from page (whether they want to or not). She is a skilled portrait artist lurking beneath a Surrealist mask. Also contains glorious artwork and illustrations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John

    Bold and engaging ... probing and daring, Tillman moves beyond expectancy, to formulate an honest look into how we collect our thoughts, our selves, as well as how we loose track of them ... with fluid and brilliant flashes of wit, charm, and insight throughout, it's worth a good go. Bold and engaging ... probing and daring, Tillman moves beyond expectancy, to formulate an honest look into how we collect our thoughts, our selves, as well as how we loose track of them ... with fluid and brilliant flashes of wit, charm, and insight throughout, it's worth a good go.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara Luz

    As a writer and visual artist, I imagine Lynne Tillman approaching and retreating from the text as canvas, putting on a smear of story and then ruminating on what has been done. She consistently questions herself in the role of a writer, particularly in the Paige stories, when "Paige on the page" struggles to find her writing voice and her place in the word, I almost wrote world. I enjoyed the travel between levels of narrative awareness Tillman flows through; writer as creator, writer as narrat As a writer and visual artist, I imagine Lynne Tillman approaching and retreating from the text as canvas, putting on a smear of story and then ruminating on what has been done. She consistently questions herself in the role of a writer, particularly in the Paige stories, when "Paige on the page" struggles to find her writing voice and her place in the word, I almost wrote world. I enjoyed the travel between levels of narrative awareness Tillman flows through; writer as creator, writer as narrator, character, mark maker and arranger.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This is not...a lot of things. I didn't finish this collection. Pretentious & vapid. Yawn. This is not...a lot of things. I didn't finish this collection. Pretentious & vapid. Yawn.

  5. 5 out of 5

    travis

    i really thought this was gonna be cool. it wasn't. it made me wanna eat my eyeballs. after a while, even the art isn't that interesting. lame. i really thought this was gonna be cool. it wasn't. it made me wanna eat my eyeballs. after a while, even the art isn't that interesting. lame.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    faves are "Living With Contradictions" and "Lust For Loss" faves are "Living With Contradictions" and "Lust For Loss"

  7. 4 out of 5

    Seth

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Beblowski

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  10. 4 out of 5

    Avie Flanagan Vaughan

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tom Buchanan

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael Seidlinger

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erica

  14. 4 out of 5

    sarah

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vic

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Grawl

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Lamb

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carl

  20. 4 out of 5

    Faith

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thricee

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Weikel

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Rodriguez

  24. 5 out of 5

    Edgar

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  26. 5 out of 5

    tara

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

  29. 4 out of 5

    Herb

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam Marsh

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