A Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art

Hyde, Lewis

9780374279288

ISBN 10: 0374279284 / 0-374-27928-4
ISBN 13: 9780374279288
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hardcover
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"Art is a lie that tells the truth." - Pablo Picasso

Picasso disrupted the world around him, and in doing so he reshaped it. That is the Trickster spirit. Playful, mischievous, subversive, amoral. Tricksters are a great bother to have around, but paradoxically they are also indispensable heroes of culture, because ourworld - with its complexity and ambiguity, its beauty and its dirt - was trickster's creation, and the work is not yet finished.

Authoritative in its scholarship, supple and dynamic in its style, Trickster Makes This World encourages you to think and see afresh.

'Artists of whatever sort need Trickster's help from time to time: when you're blocked or stuck, take an aimless walk and let your mind off its leash, and call on Trickster. He's the opener of dreams, of roads, and of possibilities.' - Margaret Atwood


Review:
Hyde is one of our true superstars of non-fiction - this book not only covers its subject in more depth and comprehension than anything before (anything I've read, anyway) but it also ends up being about ...well, everything. The guy's both brilliant (intellectually, literarily) and wise (psychologically, spiritually, you-name-itally). (David Foster Wallace)

Dazzling ... rewards repeated reading. (Michael Chabon)

A masterpiece ... The thrilling thing about reading non-fiction such as Hyde's is not just that it gives you new thoughts: it also changes the way you think. ( Scotland on Sunday)

[Hyde] is one of those quirky, eccentric Wise Children the United States sometimes throws up-a sort of Thoreau-cum-anthropologist-cum-seer...[Trickster] should be read by anyone interested in the grand and squalid matter of all things human...A glorious grab-bag stuffed with necessary loot, a joyful plum pudding rich in treasures. (Margaret Atwood Los Angeles Times)

Brilliant...By the time he is done he has folded language, culture, and the very habit of being human into his ken. ( The New Yorker)

Hyde is far more than an astute cultural critic; he's an original and important thinker. Pass it on. (Geoff Dyer)

Intriguing ... His big ideas are seriously good ones ... Hyde's own bravuraraids on literacy, as on the world's great oral traditions, pay off here in a genuinely original way. (David Lan Guardian)

Reading Trickster Makes This World - an act of pure pleasure from first to last - forever altered, and profoundly deepened, my understanding of the relationship between storytelling and the world. (Michael Chabon)

Hyde is an armchair analyst issuing a moral commentary about individuality which is urgently needed now, when American culture is so threatened by conformity and materialism. (Jackie Wullschlager FT 2008-04-13)

This captivating book is crammed with . . . nuggets of analysis, erudition and wisdom. (Lloyd Evans Spectator)

Hyde is persuasive and is at his most interesting on contemporary tricksters. (Colin Waters The Sunday Herald 2008-10-12)

Review:
'Hyde is persuasive and is at his most interesting on contemporary tricksters.'

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