A Joseph McElroy Web bibliography

All in one place: a compendium of (free) Web resources for those interested in exploring American literature’s best-kept secret.

Joseph McElroy photographed by Steve Hall. From page 235 of Anything Can Happen: Interviews With Contemporary American Novelists (conducted and edited by Larry McCaffrey and Tom LeClair;  Champaign: U of IL P, 1983).

Joseph McElroy photographed by Steve Hall. From page 235 of Anything Can Happen: Interviews With Contemporary American Novelists (conducted and edited by Larry McCaffrey and Tom LeClair; Champaign: U of IL P, 1983).

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).

Basics

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)

‘Failure. Building. Embrace.’ (Interview). By Trey Strecker (RainTaxi, Fall 2003)

What can happen?’. Short essay by McElroy on his use of inquiry and interrogative narrative forms. (the story prize blog, Nov 2011)

Audio

Interviews

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

Joseph McElroy,’ by Andrew Walser; and ‘The Courage of Joseph McElroy,’ by Mike Heppner; both in Golden Handcuffs Review

Scott Bryan Wilson on collecting McElroy in hardcover

‘On Joseph McElroy’; short review (tales from the reading room weblog, Jan 2012)

Other reviews of Night Soul and Other Stories (Dalkey Archive Press, 2011): by Emmit StinsonDan Visel, and Stephen Burn.

Journal issues dedicated to McElroy

Electronic Book Review (‘a J.M. festschrift, 2004′)

Including an essay by fiction writer and professor William S. Wilson, to whom Lookout Cartridge (1974) is dedicated. See also Yves Abrioux’s ‘Vectoral Muscle in a Great Field of Process.’

Golden Handcuffs Review (Vol. 1, No. 14, 2011)

With contributions from Rick Moody, Flore Chevaillier, Mike Heppner, Andrew Walser.

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All posts on this site about Joseph McElroy are archived here.

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