“A writer of extraordinary vision, a tireless innovator.”—Electric Literature

“It's no overstatement to say that Lish is to the second half of the 20th century what Gertrude Stein was to the first. . . . Lish has produced a wealth of avant-garde prose, worthy of the pioneers of literary modernism. His writing represents the US’s answer to Samuel Beckett and Thomas Bernhard.” —The Guardian

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A list. What could be more basic than a list? And a list by Lish is sure to intrigue. In this, Lish’s latest work, he delivers a characteristic exhibition of his peculiar deformities of candor, obsession, and wit, via two extended “notes” to the reader, including a pages-long list of essential but perplexing words. Amidst this stream of apparent incongruities, the alert reader will discover an accruing narrative involving the narrator’s late, beloved Aunt Adele—a medal-bedecked spy for the National Reconnaissance Office—and cryptography, love, poetry, and of course: the nature of language.

Publication August 31, 2015 • 236 pages
Paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-94-7 • E-book 978-1-939293-95-4

About the Author

Photograph courtesy Gordon Lish
Gordon Lish is the author of Goings, Collected Fictions, Dear Mr. Capote, Peru, What I Know So Far, Mourner at the Door, Extravaganza, My Romance, Zimzum, and Epigraph. This body of work, together with his activities as a teacher and editor, have placed him at the forefront of the American literary scene.

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