Golk

Stern Richard Rodgers Jr Bernard F
In midcentury America, the golden age of television, a man named Golk is wreaking havoc with the medium. Through a devastating series of exposures--You're on Camera--Golk manipulates the high and mighty, the lowdown and dirty, and the outrageous weird; all are within the compass of Richard Stern in this early... Read More
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In midcentury America, the golden age of television, a man named Golk is wreaking havoc with the medium. Through a devastating series of exposures--You're on Camera--Golk manipulates the high and mighty, the lowdown and dirty, and the outrageous weird; all are within the compass of Richard Stern in this early novel, a comedy with as many inspired maneuvers as its rambunctious protagonist has for taking the measure of a profligate world.

Golk is a rich and marvelously detailed novel by a man with a cultivated intelligence; it is also the first really good book I have read about television.--Norman Mailer

An original: sharp, funny, intelligent, rare. . . . Working in a clean, oblique style reminiscent of Nathanael West, Mr. Stern has written in Golk a first-rate comic novel, a piece of fiction that is at once about and loaded with that kind of recognition that junkies call the flash.--Joan Didion, National Review

Golk is fantastic, funny, bitter, intelligent without weariness. Best of all Golk is pure--that is to say necessary. Without hokum.--Saul Bellow

Golk (like Golk himself) is a wonderous conception. Its world responds to personification, not analysis, and personify it Mr. Stern has done. A book in a thousand.--Hugh Kenner

What I like about Mr. Stern's fantasy is that it has been conceived and written with so much gaiety. Far from a political melodrama, it reminds me of a René Clair movie, and even the surrealist touches needed to bring out the power and pretense of the television industry are funny rather than symbolically grim.--Alfred Kazin, Reporter

A mighty good book, altogether alive, full of beans and none of them spilled.--Flannery O'Connor

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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226773191
ISBN-13 9780226773193
GTIN-13 9780226773193
GTIN-14 09780226773193
Series Phoenix Fiction
Author Stern Richard|Rodgers Jr Bernard F
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 216
Publication Date Aug 30, 1987
Dimension 5.26 in 7.99 in 0.47 in