Sam Lipsyte: Hark

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A mother misunderstands a carol's opening line, and names her son Hark. His is a funny and sad book about spiritual solutions to a nightmare culture: mental archery, techniques for focus, and ways to clear the mind. A novel that presents ambiguity as a constant feature of modern life, Hark is a book full of tensions, written with Sam Lipsyte’s fine grain strangeness, and absent of easy answers. Lipsyte discusses what we think is happening to us versus what is happening to us.