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small things: a random selection of anti-essays
Guernica Editions, Fall 2018
154 pages
Mass Market
ISBN13: 9781771832939
ISBN10: 1771832932
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

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small things is a book of mini-anti-essays, part of Sky Gilbert's project to dismantle and challenge the rigid classifications of genre. The purpose of this kind of genre bending is to challenge 21st century notions of truth. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Foucault, and the post-structuralist project, the small writings in small things are story, essay, and memoir combined. They challenge the notion that an essay is necessarily fact, or fair opinion, or even informed opinion, while at the same time challenging the notion that fiction might necessarily be free of didacticism, or at least, ideas.
These ideas are not popular, they are outrageous and they are tinged with necessary sexuality. Sky Gilbert tells all. Arguably he has done that before. But here he creates a new form, the ‘anti-essay.' Are feminism, gay liberation, and gender ‘small things'? Not necessarily, says Gilbert in this provocative collection of tiny narrative rants. Penises are, however, much smaller than we imagine them to be. Does size matter? Most definitely, when it comes to ideas and their relations.

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