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am 1. April 1997
William Gass presents a discussion on the word Blue, but in the process makes an argument that language is actually less complex in some ways, and more in others than we often realize. In his prose he shows us the many facets of language, and how writing not only is a relational tool, but an instructional one as well. His treatise on a word and its many meanings becomes a story about the nature of writing itself. Professor Gass' philosophical side shows in this work, a good read about composition
am 5. Januar 1999
This is one of my favorite books. I read at least five books a week, and this rates on my top 10. I snap up copies in second-hand stores and occasionally find a new one to buy (or order). I am dismayed that the publisher has let it go out of print again. This is a book that you can open at any page and find something to delight you. Blue is the saddest mood, but reading about the blues here, even when your own blues are so blue they're black, will cheer you up. If you're already in an up mood, you'll go even higher. Stylistically impressive. Gass the novelist gives very little foretaste of this book. Delight yourself and read one of the best books of this century before the century is gone. If you've never read non-fiction outside of school, this is the place to start.
am 19. Januar 2000
Gass is a dazzling writer, vastly too dazzling sometimes. Buy Omensetter's Luck, if you have not read it, plus click on In the Heart of the Heart of the Country & plead for reprinting. The first book of Gass litcrit, Fiction and the Figures of Life, in which Gass wonders about the wisdom of writing like Gass would soon be writing himself, is also awfully interesting. Have a ball, if you just must buy this book, but know that you are contributing to general academic diddling.
am 26. Februar 1997
Sadly often difficult to find; thankfully recently reprinted, On Being Blue stands as a must read for anyone who loves language--writer or reader. Gass' prose instructs as it entertains and enlightens. This gem of a book purports to be about a single word. Blue. Yet it manages, in a very few pages, to speak cogently of how all words gather meaning "like lint in a deep pocket," of the blueness (eroticism) in writing and of writing