Mark Leyner Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Gehr, Richard. Review of My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, by Mark Leyner. VLS, No. 85 (May 1990): 7.

Positive review of My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist in which Gehr notes that the book "radiates experimentalism."

Grimes, William. "The Ridiculous Vision of Mark Leyner." The New York Times Magazine (13 September 1992): 34-5, 51, 64, 66.

Feature on Leyner's life and works.

Harris, Michael. Review of Et Tu, Babe, by Mark Leyner. The Los Angeles Times Book Review (11 October 1992): 6.

Negative review in which Harris states that Leyner "[jams] together pop genres and spoofs of genres, weird science, police reports and references to classic literature into a glop of information overload."

Krist, Gary. Review of Et Tu, Babe, by Mark Leyner. The Hudson Review XLVI, No. 1 (Spring 1993): 239-46.

Negative assessment of Et Tu, Babe in which Krist states "ultimately [I] found the book tiresome."

O'Hara, J. D. "They Have the Words, Sometimes the Tune." The New York Times Book Review (21 September 1986): 46.

Negative assessment of American Made, asserting that the volume contains "those commonplaces, from paranoia and irrelevance to bad grammar and circular reasoning, that have given such collections a bad name."

Review of American Made, edited by Mark Leyner. Publishers Weekly 229, No. 26 (27 June 1986): 82.

Notes that the stories that compose this anthology are "marked by a feeling of despair and pointlessness."

Sales, Nancy Jo. Review of Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog, by Mark Leyner. People Weekly 43, No. 16 (24 April 95) 27-8.

Discusses parody and satire in Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog.

Skow, John. "You'll Flip." Time 140, No. 15 (12 October 1992): 90.

Argues that the irreverence and disjointedness of Et Tu, Babe reflects the short attention spans of contemporary American youth.

Yardley, Jonathan. "Stand-Up Comic Novelist." Book World—The Washington Post (4 October 1992): 3.

Favorable review of Et Tu, Babe, discussing the cultural references employed in Leyner's fiction.


Phillips, W. Glasgow. "Last Bite." The San Francisco Review of Books 20, No. 2 (May-June 1995): 14-15.

Interview in which Leyner discusses works-in-progress.