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Barry Yourgrau
Writer and performer Barry Yourgrau is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act. His distinctive books of surreal short fictions include Wearing Dad's Head and The Sadness of Sex, in whose film version he starred. He's appeared on MTV and... show more

Writer and performer Barry Yourgrau is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act. His distinctive books of surreal short fictions include Wearing Dad's Head and The Sadness of Sex, in whose film version he starred. He's appeared on MTV and NPR, written for NY Times, Huffington Post, Paris Review, and Vice. Born in South Africa, he came to the US as a child. He lives in New York and Istanbul.
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Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 4 years ago
What a mix of emotions I felt while reading this memoir of an extreme clutterer and how he, as the subtitle says, cleans up his house and his act. First, I felt sympathy. After all, I know what my guest room currently looks like. It has become a dumping ground for unmade decisions and it’s one of ...
LeahSL
LeahSL rated it 8 years ago
Delightful! Do you wince in retrospect at the naivete of those books of saccharine fable/parable things where, like, the generous stoat gets the extra cheese from the lazy badger's picnic or whatever? Read this. Read it now.
Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it 10 years ago
This collection has some of Yourgrau's best pieces, but after three volumes of these little dream-like stories it starts to feel like a magician who only has one trick.
Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it 10 years ago
Yourgrau's minimalist stories read like transcribed dreams; like dreams they have their own internal logic while being completely surreal.
Defenestraethe
Defenestraethe rated it 10 years ago
one of these in particular is devastating Morgan Roehmar's Boys or something like that
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