All in one place: a compendium of (free) Web resources for those interested in exploring American literature’s best-kept secret.
You might have come upon this post by doing a web search about McElroy, in which case you probably half-know what you’re getting into. If you’re on this page and don’t know McElroy, start here (1/2 hr. radio interview) or here (brief, excellent commentary).
Except for a recently released e-book (‘Preparations for Search’ from dzanc books), McElroy’s novels are not yet available yet as e-books.
Note that this list excludes numerous print publications that are either unavailable on the Web, or available on the Web but only through research databases (McElroy’s numerous New York Times articles and reviews, his ‘Mid-Course Corrections’ which appeared in the 1990 American Book Review issue devoted to the author, and many more).
Official website (http://www.josephmcelroy.com/)
See site for a full McElroy biography. Available gems from Reading Room and Essays are: ‘Neural Neighborhoods and Other Concrete Abstracts,’ an essay written while McElroy was in the thick of Lookout Cartridge (Triquarterly, 1974). ‘9/11: Emerging’ (2001), ‘Attractions around Mt. St. Helens’ (ebr, 1997), ‘Thoughts about Consciousness While Cutting in the Brain’ (Shambhala Sun, Sep 2004), and these essays on water: ‘Water on Us’ (ebr, 2010), ‘If It Could Be Wrapped’ (ebr, 2004).
McElroy on Twitter (@watrwake)
‘What can happen?’. Short essay by McElroy on his use of inquiry and interrogative narrative forms. (the story prize blog, Nov 2011)
Trey Strecker’s fall 2003 RAIN TAXI interview, “Failure. Building. Embrace.”
Taji Maheen’s July 2013 Vice Magazine interview, “Postmodernism and Sumo Wrestlers: An Interview with Joseph McElroy.”
Jason DeYoung’s Dec 2013 interview in Numéro Cinq Magazine, “Sentences are like Home for Me, Even a Wilderness.”
Reviews and appreciations
‘The lost postmodernist,’ by Garth Risk Hallberg; a review of Women and Men for LA Times book review
‘On Joseph McElroy’; short review (tales from the reading room weblog, Jan 2012)
Journal issues dedicated to McElroy
With contributions from Rick Moody, Flore Chevaillier, Mike Heppner, Andrew Walser.
All posts on this site about Joseph McElroy are archived here.