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The Sea-God's Herb, by John Domini

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The Sea-God's Herb, by John Domini

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The Sea-God's Herb, by John Domini


Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Paperback: 360 pages
ISBN: 978-1938103780
Trim: 1.0 x 5.0 x 8.0

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A witty and sophisticated examination of nontraditional storytelling in contemporary art and literature, The Sea-God's Herb contains reviews and essays on some of the most interesting authors and artists of the last forty years. From William Gass and Thomas Pynchon to Brian Evenson and Steve Erickson, John Domini takes readers beyond that which is "impossible" to explain.



“Upholds and defends the role of reviewer and critic…. Poetic, enlightening, fascinating.” Publishers Weekly 

“A thing of beauty… Often charming and ultimately important.” — J.C. Hallman, Brooklyn Rail

“A significant study of postmodern Americana, and a must read for students of American culture.” — Tom Verso, i-Italy

“Versatile and vast, touching on many issues… Delightful.” — Linda Lappin, Rain Taxi 

“Exemplary… full of brilliant interpretation.” — Eric Basso, The Bicycle Review

"“A valuable and fascinating book, always with an eye toward interesting experimentation… both rigorous and generous, full of insight.”

— Jeff VanderMeer, author of Southern Reach Trilogy

“Cause for serious celebration… Domini works with heart and smarts… I’m glad this book is in the world.” 

— Laird Hunt. author of Neverhome and In the House in the Dark of the Woods

"Few read the innovative with the subtlety, passion, political/aesthetic savvy, and illumination as John Domini. We're all better off for him thinking among us.” 

— Lance Olsen, author of Calendar of Regrets and My Red Heaven 



“John Domini is a writer of the world.” — Steve Erickson 

“A rich feast, full of sparkling observation, wit, real mystery, characters we believe.” — Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize, on Earthquake I.D. 

“Both cutting-edge innovative and splendidly readable. This book is a flat-out delight.” — Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize, on Talking Heads: 77 

"Streetwise and pain-acquainted, Domini's new story-collection is a good rich read indeed.” — John Barth, on Highway Trade 

“Domini’s tales… warble with incantations, lamentations, orations; they sparkle with craftsmanship.” — Richard Price, on Bedlam.


John Domini, noted poet, essayist, and author, has had his work appear in theNew York TimesGQParis Review, and Ploughshares. A former National Endowment for the Arts and Ingram-Merrill Foundation fellow, he has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, and elsewhere, and makes his home in Des Moines, Iowa.