Books by Curtis White

LACKING CHARACTER by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2018

"Exhaustive and exhausting, the novel only sporadically comes together to present something like a vision, but in the ruin of its parts, some runic message might be scrawled. Or, then again, it might not."
White (We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data, 2015, etc.) merges the social satire of his fiction with his nonfiction's interest in identity in the age of data totality. Read full book review >
THE SCIENCE DELUSION by Curtis White
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2013

"A witty critique of scientific overreach that celebrates the totality of human achievement."
White (English/Illinois State Univ.; Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature, 2009 etc.) disputes the triumphalism of neuroscientists, evolutionary psychologists and geneticists who proclaim "the victory of science and reason over religion." Read full book review >
AMERICA’S MAGIC MOUNTAIN by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2004

"Undisciplined work from a writer who becomes tangled up in his own obsessions."
An offbeat jeremiad inspired by America's cultural decline. Read full book review >
REQUIEM by Curtis White
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The result is indisputably clever, with a wealth of knowledge and word-wizardry, but the whole is more a patchwork of diffuse effects than a sustaining piece of fiction."
Philosophy and pornography mingle and mangle each other here in another convention-damning "novel" from radical fictionalist White (Memories of My Father Watching TV, 1998, etc.), as rehashes of biblical lives and those of classical composers vie for space with the saucier crowd of Internet pornographers and their fans. Read full book review >
MEMORIES OF MY FATHER WATCHING TV by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 1998

"Intellectual pyrotechnics about America, mass audiences, and the emptiness inside."
The unstoppable White (Anarcho-Hindu, 1995, etc., etc.) offers a —novel— about the depravities of television culture that's as much idea-collage as plain narrative—a sometimes declamatory but most often brilliant thought-book about the great wasteland. Read full book review >
ANARCHO-HINDU by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

A lunatic collage, emblematic of the chaos of ideas and influences out of which novels emerge, dominates this irritatingly uneven one by the author of Metaphysics in the Midwest (1988) and The Idea of Home (1993). Read full book review >
THE IDEA OF HOME by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Overall, however, White's reliance on familiar cultural artifacts make much of the book just that—too familiar."
Collage of autobiography and invented history in which White (Heretical Songs, 1981; Metaphysics in the Midwest, 1988; ed., An Illuminated History of the Future, 1989) plays trickster-fashion with the myths of California's tract-home suburbs. Read full book review >