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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Akron Publisher to Print New Baumbach Novel: The Squid and the Whale this ain't

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 5:05 PM

Noah Baumbach's Oscar-nominated The Squid and the Whale was one of the big screen's greatest odes to family and dysfunction. Who could forget Jeff Daniel's ruthless portrayal of Bernard, a shameless egoist of a father, whose greatest concern is collecting 30 cents in change from his oft-neglected sons. What's even more disturbing is that Bernard is loosely based on a real person -- Baumbach's father, Jonathan Baumbach, a man who Akron can now claim ties to. Unlike Bernard, Jonathan isn't a hopeless academic chasing coed skirt. In fact, he's a legendary novelist. And his latest novel, Your: Or, The Invention of Memory will be released by than Akron's Rager Media at the end of November. Christopher White, Rager's editor-in-chief, describes the novel as "experimental." The book follows a female character known only as "you." "The real question is about whether she exists or not," says White. "It skirts the line of illusion and reality." -- Denise Grollmus

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