Golk (Phoenix Fiction)
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Biography: Richard Stern, professor of English at the University of Chicago, is the author of many works of fiction, including Other Men's Daughters, Natural Shocks, and the recent, much-acclaimed A Father's Words. People were willing to become golks, for it was an entrée into celebrity, an exalted realm above the activities of the mere scrabblers in life. In 1985, he received the Medal of Merit for the Novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In midcentury America, the golden age of television, a man named Golk is wreaking havoc with the medium. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.
We have examined two or three different cars to look at the condition of the sound deadening materials underneath the carpet and were quite shocked at how much deterioration had taken place. Golk has made—a late postcard explains that “golk” means “fool”—of all those around him fools, those whom he used, and those whom he exploited. Golk is a self-made man, born with the surname Pomeroy in Rhode Island, but when he gravitated to New York after the second world war, he remade himself and devised his métier. 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.In midcentury America, one man is determined to take over the airwaves with a program as audacious as it is entertaining. 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. Combining high drama with surreal hilarity and presenting a remarkably prescient view of the future of television, Golk ranks with Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust as one of the finest novels ever written about the American entertainment industry. Hondorp and Hendricks cavalierly decide to marry after they have successfully scaled back the show to the network’s satisfaction.
Golk’s ambitions are to take his show to heights of revelation, where he uncovers the seedier workings of the powerful, the movers and shakers who control people’s lives, to bring them down to size and make them seem no more than the common man, if not worse.Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. 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. When Hondorp’s father dies, Hendricks only hears about it after the funeral, and she takes this as signal that Hondorp has gone beyond the pale, that he is dead emotionally.
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. By bidding on, or purchasing this item, you are agreeing to us sharing your name and address details with that 3rd party supplier to allow us to fulfil our contractual obligations to you. Attraverso questa figura e il programma che con essa si identifica Richard Stern propone una riflessione sulla vanità, sugli eccessi dell'esposizione mediatica e della fama, sulla trasformazione dell'industria dell'intrattenimento negli anni in cui aveva appena iniziato ad affermarsi con la tv e sul rapporto fra realtà e artificio. I found this battered novel in the basement of Black Squirrel Books in Ottawa, ON, buried in a pile of old, orange Penguin paperbacks (if you ever see a pile of old, orange Penguin paperbacks, do not walk away from them.Golk è il direttore della più moderna trasmissione televisiva, il demiurgo di un mondo che corrisponde all'immagine di esso che filtra attraverso gli schermi, colui che ha reso il cittadino comune protagonista di un grande show. Several months later Hondorp and Hendricks begin to receive random, intermittent postcards from Golk, which both pique curiosity and guilt. The carpet itself is made from top automotive quality carpet with all the necessary holes and slots already cut to make life easy for you to fit. I took it to the counter along with my other unloved discoveries and the cashier was momentarily flummoxed over what to charge me.