New York: Fiction Collective, 1987. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's russet cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
Experimental short fiction by "writer's writer" Baumbach, a co-founder of influential author-run publishing house Fiction Collective (later FC2). Baumbach, for many years head of the Brooklyn College MFA program in fiction and a critic for Film Culture magazine, is the father of filmmaker Noah Baumbach, whose serio-comic handling of such themes as family dysfunction and the destructive behavior of self-involved artists seems to echo those found in this and other of his father's books: "Vera and I stayed together for six years, a triumph of endurance over lassitude...In the second year of our marriage, [we] had a child we named Arthur and called, for some reason that now eludes me, Bud. In the dog days of our marriage, Bud was our only common interest" ("Children of Divorced Parents"). Spine of price-clipped dust jacket slightly faded. Near fine. Item #316