From take-off to landing, The Pornographers moves at the speed of sound through post 9-11 angst, yoga, bureaucratic helplessness, marriage, collective public insecurity and family. A group of minor bureaucrats operating under the unfunded directive of “Homeland Security” try to start a commercial pornography site in order to generate revenue for their city. Their research into the the porn industry does in fact suggest it as a viable solution to their economic woes. Meanwhile their wives threaten to follow a guru to India in search of their own inner security. Written as a single, grammatically correct sentence, The Pornographers humorously lays bare the real and serious concerns about America in the 21st Century.
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“The single brilliantly funny voice of something genuinely new.”
–Walter Benn Michaels, author of The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism and The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History
“In fiction of this sort, there is huge pressure on the line-by-line life of the prose. Happily, it is in the energy and inventiveness of its language that this novel is most alive. Because that is what the work is finally about, that wonderful redundancy we call ”art,” showing us once again…the way from death to life.”
— Curtis White, American Book Review