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Look who's on the "Dick Gibson Radio Show": Arnold the Memory Expert ("I've memorized the entire West Coast shoreline - except for cloud cover and fog banks"). Bernie Perk, the burning pharmacist. Henry Harper, the nine-year old orphan millionaire, terrified of being adopted. The woman whose life revolves around pierced lobes. An evil hypnotist. Swindlers. Con-men. And Dick Gibson himself. Anticipating talk radio and its crazed hosts, Stanley Elkin creates a brilliant comic world held together by American manias and maniacs in all their forms, and a character who perfectly understands what Americans want and gives it to them.
Stanley Elkin’s third novel, The Dick Gibson Show.
Stanley Elkin’s third novel, The Dick Gibson Show. squeezes the blackheads behind the ears of your imagination; it’s a Diane Arbus walk on the unreconciled side. The contents of Elkin’s novel leave you a bit sick. Dick Gibson is the radio name of a radio personality whose life we follow from the 1930's into the late 60s or early 70s. Although we know a few of his other radio names we never learn his birth name.
And Dick Gibson himself. Anticipating talk radio and its crazed hosts, Stanley Elkin creates a brilliant comic world held together by American manias and maniacs in all their forms, and a character who perfectly understands what Americans want and gives it to them.
For the American historian, see Stanley Elkins. The Dick Gibson Show (1971). Dictionary of Midwestern Literature. Volume One: The Authors. For the American mystery writer, see Stanley Ellin. This article needs additional citations for verification. Elkin won the National Book Critics Circle Award on two occasions: for George Mills in 1982 and for Mrs. Ted Bliss, his last novel, in 1995. The MacGuffin was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award for Fiction. However, although he enjoyed high critical praise, his books have never enjoyed popular success. The Franchiser (1976). The Living End (novella) (1979).
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I read The Dick Gibson Show immediately after finishing Elkin's 1976 novel The Franchiser.