The Musical Illusionist: and Other Tales

The Musical Illusionist: and Other Tales

Alex Rose / Oct 21, 2019

The Musical Illusionist and Other Tales In the tradition of Borges and Calvino The Musical Illusionist is an interwoven collection of postmodern folk tales disappearing manuscripts neurological anomalies teleporting bacteria and an unfo

  • Title: The Musical Illusionist: and Other Tales
  • Author: Alex Rose
  • ISBN: 9780978910310
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the tradition of Borges and Calvino, The Musical Illusionist is an interwoven collection of postmodern folk tales disappearing manuscripts, neurological anomalies, teleporting bacteria, and an unforgettable composer who manipulates sound to bend perception that masterfully blends scientific curiosity with magical realist caprice.Alex Rose has published stories and essayIn the tradition of Borges and Calvino, The Musical Illusionist is an interwoven collection of postmodern folk tales disappearing manuscripts, neurological anomalies, teleporting bacteria, and an unforgettable composer who manipulates sound to bend perception that masterfully blends scientific curiosity with magical realist caprice.Alex Rose has published stories and essays for McSweeney s, the North American Review, The Providence Journal, the Forward, The ScienceCreative Quarterly, and DIAGRAM He has also directed a number of short films that have appeared on HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime, and the BBC.

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    1. Do you ever find a book and wonder (in a giddy and solipsistic daydream) if perhaps it was written exactly for you? I have just barely started this book, but the overarching framework of the Library of Tangents replete with exhibits, mathematical diagrams and meditations on space/time along the way have made me a big fan. I want to tattoo the whole book on my body.The following is taken from the back cover:Disappearing manuscripts. Profane numbers. Extinct bacteria. Cities without shadows. A lan [...]


    2. Read this at Sara’s. Was pretty good, all in all, but I seriously longed for some sort of pointers (citations/references) to that which was based on fact. I guess there is just too much admixture of reality and make believe in this for me.


    3. It was intellectually stimulating but I am made uncomfortable by books where you can't untangle truth from fiction. I think we were supposed to understand that the reality is that our world is a magical place but instead I simply ended up doubting everything in the book because there was no way to sort out the embellishments.


    4. Halloween Night, 2007: I'm at a book reading (where else?) for a new publishing house called the Hotel St. George. Chance brought me to them, and chance favored them because not only were the readers the most innovative readers I'd seen read, but they were also (to me) a glimpse into the next generation of active, multi-dimensional writers. I mean they were writers, but they were also performers—engaging performers, interested in pulling in their audience with the play and power of words.That' [...]


    5. Alex Rose’s The Musical Illusionist was remarkably generative for me. It’s set up as a series of exhibits in the “Library of Tangents.” Rose writes what amount to fabulist encyclopedia entries as he describes things like the “book of glass,” a novel that contains within it clever stories in which form imitates content, like the parable of the monk, who in trying to achieve ultimate wisdom, climbs higher and higher up a mountain; as he does so, the text of the book gets smaller and sm [...]


    6. Thoughts on finishing:LOVED IT. This book was awesome. I am not going to lie and say some of it didn't go over my head (a lot of mathematical references) but what I did understand was brilliant. I bet this guy was awesome to play with as a kid, his imagination is limitless. Plus you can tell he really researched a lot of his material. There are parts in the stories when you can hardly tell the fiction from the fact. Can't wait to read something else by him.Early thoughts while just beginning:Thi [...]


    7. The book alludes to, and is billed as being in the tradition of, Borges, Calvino, and other favorite authors in that vein. But while those authors explored patterns and infinite loops and other generally cool concepts in the service of metaphor, they always were first and foremost telling a story. The Musical Illusionist is missing the key element of storytelling -- narrative, episodic or otherwise. It reads as an an arbitrary mix of actual historical fact and interesting faux-histories made up [...]


    8. I wanted to like this more than I actually ended up liking it. The premise is utterly delightful, and some of the stories are fun (in terms of mental gymnastics, of course). But some of the stories were also rather dull, so I end up with a mediocre (but still solid) rating of 3 stars. I must say, my favorite parts were the sections between the stories. The language and mystery there was simply delightful.


    9. I like this premise far more than I like this book. It nestles into the shelves in the Borges/Calvino section; it reeks of Steven Millhauser's "Barnum Museum" and Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder. All of these are good things. But somehow, reading this book made me want read more Borges and Calvino and Millhauser and less and less Alex Rose. In short, I believed myself to be the ideal audience for this book--I ain't.


    10. I saw Alex do a reading of the Musical Illusionist story, it was an interesting treat to hear the audio accompanying the story. I've never seen so many people buy the book after a reading. Highly recommended, he's a talented writer that I hope to read more of, I like the way he weaves facts into a fictional historical narrative.


    11. this book contains the imagined histories and obscure languages of faraway lands, remote tribes, and invented cultures. it requires a belief in magic (but only when magic can be explained by science) and a postmodern apathy toward truth that can only come from knowing that history is mostly made-up anyway--so it's okay not to know what is real or fake.


    12. I kept thinking this has to be true, even though it clearly says "Fiction" on the cover. It was so much fun to read, this treading the line between the scientific and the fantastical. A lovely little read with pretty pictures to boot!


    13. This book has sharp writing but was too heavily philosophic / scientific for my tastes. A beautiful physical production though - color images throughout, lovely matte finish, heavy stock paper, etc. - certainly as much as any author could ask from any publisher.


    14. 10 or 15 years ago, I would have ploughed through this book. But while I appreciate the Borges/Calvino/Pavic style a whole lot, it just didn't pull me in enough to finish it. Still, I'd like to give it another go sometime.


    15. Just started, but so far I'm liking this a lot. Like a cross between Paul Collins' stories of forgotten histories and Milorad Pavic's Dictionary of Khazars-type mystical science.


    16. reading this book is like sitting in an overstuffed dark leather chair while staring out a stained glass window in a wood paneled library and drinking a hot cup of genius cocoa.



    17. Years later, when the dust of history covers this is used book shops across the modern world, the inheritors will take everything in this book as truth.


    18. David! You need to read this! I thought of you the whole time I was reading.Another short book in my quest to read 100 in 2008. Little weird vignettes. Hard to describe, but very good.



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