Adios, Paul Auster


  1. Joe Hutchison
    Joe Hutchison May 7, 2024 at 10:16 am .

    I think you’d enjoy him, Pat! He’s written all kinds of books, from postmodern mysteries to domestic dramas, all “voiced” in different ways. He has fun. The closest analog, in my mind, is the wonderful Percival Everett, whose work I’ve taught at UCOL. One student got mad at me and said the novel in question, PERCIVAL EVERETT BY VIRGIL RUSSELL, was a horrible waste of time. A few years later, after he graduated, I got an email from him saying he couldn’t get the book out of his head and so had returned to it and fell in love with it. Auster can be like that….

  2. Patricia Dubrava
    Patricia Dubrava May 7, 2024 at 9:27 am .

    Auster is one I missed, have never read. You inspire to give him a try.

  3. Joe Hutchison
    Joe Hutchison May 5, 2024 at 10:48 am .

    I’ll check out Robison, Jim. I love the title “The Principle of Ultimate Indivisibility.” Tantalizing.

    Marjorie, Auster’s little book is collectible and thus expensive these days. Best to get his Collected Poems used—I think it’s out of print otherwise—for under $10. See

  4. Jim Murdoch
    Jim Murdoch May 5, 2024 at 7:36 am .

    An interesting take on the whole Esau and Jacob story. I, too, came to The New York Trilogy late having read several books first but, alas, no poetry. I will investiage. As you are a fan you might want to check out Brent Robison’s work which is unapologetically indebted to Auster.

  5. Marjorie Power
    Marjorie Power May 5, 2024 at 4:53 am .

    Thanks very much for this post. I love the poem. I had never seen it and will try to track down the chapbook.

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