Two Dollar Radio rereleases Rudy Wurlitzer
Two Dollar Radio has just now rereleased Rudolph Wurlitzer’s classic ‘Nog,’ a sincerely gritty and visceral book with sentences that crush. Having read this book in earlier editions, I can tell you this book feels just as vital and fresh now as it likely did among the literary terrain of its original release in the 60’s, perhaps even more so.
But let’s don’t have me give you the word on it. Let’s have Thomas Pynchon:
“Wow, this is some book, I mean, it’s more than a beautiful and heavy trip, it’s also very important in an evolutionary way, showing us directions we could be moving in — hopefully another sign that the Novel of Bullshit is dead and some kind of re-enlightenment is beginning to arrive, to take hold. Rudolph Wurlitzer is really, really good, and I hope he manages to come down again soon, long enough anyhow to guide us on another one like Nog.”
Death to the Novel of Bullshit, what else can you ask for?
More about the book:
Originally published by Random House in 1968, Nog became a universally revered cult novel and symbol of the countercultural movement.
In Wurlitzer’s signature hypnotic and haunting voice, Nog tells the tale of a man adrift through the American West, armed with nothing more than his own three pencil-thin memories and an octopus in a bathysphere.
I am also really excited, in that on the heels of this release, Two Dollar will be doing a dual edition of Wurlitzer’s ‘Flats’ and ‘Quake,’ the former of which I have been salivating over for years now, with no good, inexpensive edition to latch onto. Great to see a strong modern press taking on these kinds of important rereleases.
Speaking of which, when is somebody going to dig into the Knopf Lish goldmine? So many great OOP books there…
Anyhow, if you haven’t dug on Wurlitzer yet, it’s time you did.