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  1. R. R. says:

    I'm seriously thinking of calling it already and selecting The Man Who Had No iDea as the best thing I'll read in 2014 For a selection of short stories written for the main in the 1970s most pieces in this collection have the timeliness and heart and appeal and anxiety and depression and award winning coffee pots of a George Saunders story published next week or the week thereafter in The New Yorker I mean like take the central novella Concepts for example pgs 67 114 Disch explains in a short note that he wrote it for a Harlan Ellison anthology that never saw the light of day but still even with that cray cray note of warning I can only imagine what a headscratcher Concepts must've been to SF readers in 1978 it deals with such now ripped from the headlines issues as long distance online love affairs Courtly love had been reinstituted on a sound technological basis Lancelots everywhere were free to declare their undying devotion to a universe of Guineveres without the least discouragement from the parallel universe of Arthurs webcam commerce the care and feeding of sims goofy emoticons A tear symbol appeared like an asterisk at the bottom of the screen the list she goes on There is even crazy enough an Easter Egg reference for fans acknowledgers of John Sladek's book on the 13th sign of the Zodiac What I mean to say is what was far out SF 36 years the story is set in the year 2481 ago is today's and yeah sorry tomorrow's Monday's angst The collection reaches its emotional crescendo with Understanding Human Behavior pgs 207 231 or you may have seen the movie ahem Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as Disch explores the human need for a narrative in life even if it is possibly repeating your disastrous past or even if it is the mid 20th century narrative of a house a spouse a car and a kid Sidenotes And heck look at that title again The Man Who Had No iDea The small i A bite of the ol' Apple eh? Strange precognitive magic going on here Disch also gives shout outs to William Gaddis' Recognitions and Del Schwartz's In Dreams Begin Responsibilities Also? Also The Apartment Next to the War is fawking High Rise Ballard in five pages see also my review for Disch's Fun With Your New Head for Disch Did It First ranting


  2. Michael Michael says:

    This is another of those books I read in or shortly after college and haven’t looked at since But there’s a bit to the story I remember reading a review of it in my early adolescence in “Dragon” magazine a magazine devoted to Dungeons and Dragons but which also reviewed fantasy and sci fi titles I remember it because the cover caught my attention the Eye in the Pyramid was a symbol of Importance to me then and because the title fascinated me What would a man be like with no idea? I wonderedIn the twenty years since I read it I had forgotten almost everything about the book except that it was a collection of short stories Oddly the one piece of writing that stayed with me was the introduction to the title story I had no recollection of the story itself Since Disch is interested in memory and amnesia and explores them in this book that was an interesting discovery My reading of this book today was strongly informed by my knowledge of Disch’s biography There are three things I know about him he was gay he was a vocal atheist and he committed suicide after his partner of many years passed away I knew the first fact and possibly the second when I read the book the first time but my years of lived experience help me to “read” these facts into the book effectively For example most of his romantic or sexual tales are told from a woman’s perspective His atheism comes across at times as forced and it seems to me that he actually spends time than most authors in exploring spirituality and the existence of God and the Devil I suspect he was either raised Catholic or exposed to Catholicism at an early age because it seems to be the model of “religion” he returns to the most freuently Whenever he writes sadly or cynically I can’t help but think about his deathThe back of the book says as backs of books do that Disch is an “amazing” writer and speaks of “verbal virtuosity” These are terms I’d be likely to apply to his friend Samuel R Delany Disch is less the virtuoso and the comfortably witty New York intellectual whose writing emphasizes the fact that he’s smarter than most people and is aware of it Some people might find that insufferable; I find it at turns charming and slightly annoying At any rate it isn’t genius it’s just clevernessBelow for those who want to spend the time are my uick sketches of each of the stories written or less at the point where I finished them“The Man Who Had No Idea” is the most memorable of the stories if only because it shares its name with the volume What I really recalled wasn’t the story itself but Disch’s introduction in which he says the story came to him one night alone in a bar when he had the thought “It’s as if people needed a license to talk to each other” This is a story about a world in which they do and it’s a pretty amusing reflection on ideas conversations and conformity“The Black Cat” is an homage to Poe and something of an anticipation of Barker I think I enjoyed it the most of all of them right up until the very sudden ending which I’m sure is intentionally confusing “The Santa Claus Compromise” is a parody of Watergate set in a world run by children It’s funny but will probably be obscure to most younger readers“The Vengeance of Hera or Monogamy Triumphant” is a really good spin on that English assignment we all had in fifth grade to write a story about what it would be like if a Greek God showed up today Disch explains in the intro that the thing that stand out to him in Homer is how the gods take on forms of people who are a lot like them and then basically do what that person would have done if they weren’t possessed by the god We get that here also“Concepts” is the longest story in the whole book and the most clearly Science Fiction up to this point Apparently it came about as part of a collaborative project in which several sci fi authors created a world called “Medea” and then wrote a story set there However Disch explains in his intro that he “cheated” because he isn’t interested in writing about aliens and so actually set the story on Earth with the protagonist a bored cloned housewife in contact with a human colonized Medea via a kind of Internet chatroom euipped with video and slight telepathic abilities There are several interesting bits including the native lifeform which is encountered about midway and a lot of poking fun at religion and conformity along the way“The Apartment Next to the War” is an observation both about Vietnam and the impersonal nature of living in New York City during the White Flight period of the 70s In spite of that it appears less “dated” to me than “Santa Claus Compromise” was perhaps because the US has been embroiled in multiple Vietnam like wars since the turn of the century with even greater emotional detachment among the populace“The Foetus” is a rather biting satire of “Rosemary’s Baby” which unfortunately fails to note that “Rosemary’s Baby” was itself a satire As a result Disch winds up looking childish in his attempt to mock Satanic horror by pointing out that it reuires belief in the most ultramontane Catholicism Disappointing“The Fire Began to Burn the Stick” is a good companion piece to “334” and it seems to take place in the same New York as established in that book using the framework of a nursery rhyme to explore the barter economy of black markets generally It’s about an old lady who needs to have her television repaired but in order to do so first has to score some grass“At the Pleasure Center” is about addictions and governmental control of personal pleasures It resembles in a way the kinds of bathhouses that gay men of Disch’s generation once freuented but also explores the difference between “tops” and “bottoms” and the reasons for being one or the other “The Grown Up” is a daydream or a fairy tale about a child waking up in a man’s body akin to Tom Hanks in “Big” but with Disch’s sophisticated approach The denouement is particularly clever“How to Fly” also derives from dream fantasy but is essentially a parody of an instruction manual According to Disch’s intro it was a rehearsal for On Wings of Song a novel I have not read “Planet of the Rapes” is as disturbing and crude as its title suggests Disch is at some pains in the intro to point out that it is satire but I would have to say that it is only partly successful as such First of all its subject isn’t very easy to laugh at but secondly the ending which suggests that institutionalized sexism is actually an alien plot seems to undermine any social criticism that could be taken from the rest It seems to me to express nothing than Disch’s discomfort with heterosexuality in general“The Revelation” is the story that really made me uestion Disch’s atheism On the surface it is a biting satire of Ingmar Bergman called “Ingman Bergmar” in the story and his need to hear God speak But it’s a little too upbeat to really come across effectively Also Disch seems to be jealous that Bergman can be such a brilliant creative talent with this silly hangup and I feel like the story ultimately says about Disch and his own doubt than anyone else“Pyramids for Minnesota” is a parody of a pyramid scheme recruitment letter in which Disch suggests that the way for people to find meaning in the modern world is to deliberately enslave themselves a few hours a week and work on building meaningless pyramids “Josie and the Elevator” is yet another exploration of religion by the atheistic Disch It is a revenge fantasy in which a naughty child gets sent to Hell for holding up an elevator a common source of rage in New York Disch’s vision of Hell is every bit as elaborate as Dante’s but decidedly modern“An Italian Lesson” seems to be a loose satire on “Cinderella” in which the protagonist rather than meeting her Prince Charming falls in love with a waiter Disch talks a lot about visualization and J G Ballard in the intro but I didn’t get where he was going with thatFinally the “Human Condition” is a pretty interesting story about a man who has voluntarily wiped out memories of his past in order to attain “innocence” and have a chance to start again It muses on uestions of identity and knowing oneself and works as a story than a lot of the other pieces here The intro is interesting because Disch says that it is very similar to a story he wrote 11 years earlier but much hopeful because “I’m happier these days” It’s somewhat reassuring knowing how his life ended that he had some happy times


  3. Graham Graham says:

    Excellent assortment of uirky ironic tales with naughty words


  4. Roy Roy says:

    Excellent collection of his short stories


  5. Ian Ian says:

    fits starts will probably circle back to it


  6. Timothy Timothy says:

    My favorite book by this author An excellent collection The title story is droll and profound


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Man Who Had No Idea [EPUB] ✰ Man Who Had No Idea Author Thomas M. Disch – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The Man Who Had No Idea 1978The Black Cat 1976The Santa Claus Compromise 1974The Vengeance of Hera or Monogamy Triumphant 1980Concepts 1978The Apartment Next to the War 1975The Foetus 1980The Fire Beg The Man Had No Epub Ü Who Had No Idea The Black Cat The Santa Claus Compromise The Vengeance of Hera or Monogamy Triumphant Concepts The Apartment Next to the War The Man Who Epub / Foetus The Fire Began to Burn the Stick the Stick Began to Beat the Dog At the Pleasure Centre The Grown Up How to Fly Planet of the Rapes Who Had No ePUB ↠ The Revelation Pyramids for Minnesota Josie and the Elevator A Cautionary Tale An Italian Lesson Understanding Human Behavior .

  • Paperback
  • 232 pages
  • Man Who Had No Idea
  • Thomas M. Disch
  • English
  • 07 June 2016
  • 9780553226676

About the Author: Thomas M. Disch

Poet and Had No Epub Ü cynic Thomas M Disch brought to the sf of the New Wave a camp sensibility and a sardonicism that too much sf had lacked His sf Man Who Epub / novels include Camp Concentration with its colony of prisoners mutated into super intelligence by the bacteria that will in due course kill them horribly and On Wings of Song Who Had No ePUB ↠ in which many of the brightest and best have left their bodies for what may be genu.