Sam the Cat and Other Stories

  • Title: Sam the Cat and Other Stories
  • Author: Matthew Klam
  • ISBN: 9780375726613
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sam the Cat and Other Stories The New Yorker magazine named Matt Klam one of the twenty best young writers in America and the seven stories that comprise Sam the Cat are all the proof we need Knowing perceptive and wickedly fun
    The New Yorker magazine named Matt Klam one of the twenty best young writers in America, and the seven stories that comprise Sam the Cat are all the proof we need.Knowing, perceptive, and wickedly funny, Matt Klam loves his characters but spares them nothing the swaggering womanizer Sam falls in love with a woman across a crowded room who, upon closer inspection, turns ouThe New Yorker magazine named Matt Klam one of the twenty best young writers in America, and the seven stories that comprise Sam the Cat are all the proof we need.Knowing, perceptive, and wickedly funny, Matt Klam loves his characters but spares them nothing the swaggering womanizer Sam falls in love with a woman across a crowded room who, upon closer inspection, turns out to be not quite what he expected a self doubting young professional attends the posh wedding of his successful friend and delivers a disastrous toast the chicken one man s girlfriend is preparing for dinner comes to embody the darkly corrosive element in their relationship These stories crackle with humor, intelligence and style and add up to an outrageously funny, unforgettable debut.

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    About Matthew Klam


    1. Matthew Klam was named one of the twenty best fiction writers in America under 40 by The New Yorker He s a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Robert Bingham PEN Award, a Whiting Writer s Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts His first book, Sam The Cat and Other Stories, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year in the category of first fiction, was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Kansas City Star, and by the Borders for their New Voices series His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper s Magazine, Esquire, GQ Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Hollins College, and has taught creative writing in many places including Johns Hopkins University, St Albans School, American University, and Stockholm University in Sweden.


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    1. un famoso ebreo, che sapeva di cosa parlava, ha detto che la psicoanalisi è un mito tenuto vivo dall'industria dei divani. e dalla vita di coppia, aggiungerei.entrambe poi forniscono - disagio permettendo - spunti in abbondanza a registi e scrittori. qualcuno ne trae opere memorabili, qualcuno così così. come nel caso di questi 7 racconti d’esordio, che han fatto parlare di klam come di uno dei più promettenti scrittori americani under 40 (un giorno o l’altro per sfizio proverò a contar [...]

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    2. It’s not on the scale of the moon landing hoax but there’s some kind of conspiracy going on to shut down some of America’s best short story writers. Consider these three cases:Thom Jones (no, not the Delilah guy) - wrote three great collections, in 1993, 1995 and 1999 (The Pugilist at Rest, Cold Snap, and Sonny Liston was a Friend of Mine). He was on fire. Since then – nothing. Wells Tower wrote a hair-raisingly brilliant collection called Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned in 2009. S [...]

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    3. Despite the fact that this is a collection of short stories that are all basically the same short story--emotional cripple of a man wounds women and doesn't know why--I still really enjoyed reading all of them. And I hope that he writes a novel, since clearly there's a character he has in mind to star.

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    4. I felt about this work the way I feel about men whose charm, self loathing and articulation I mistake for insight and humanity. In other words, I felt disappointed. A sharp book, but soulless. Here is how it is. At first I am delighted by the rare honesty, by the intimacy of a man willing to say all the things about women - the fucking and sweet asses and unwilling penises - that are generally unforgivable and silenced and punished. I am drawn to the funny commentary that is terrifyingly verbote [...]

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    5. "She made him feel like garbage. Sitting beside Rich, Emile realized he had been crying all his life. It was all because of a woman. The woman is the worst creature on the face of the earth, he thought." This pretty much sums up the whole book. The narrators hate/love women so much that they basically want to blind themselves, poor things. But the writing is great and I'm super impressed that this guy managed to publish anything in The New Yorker, much less the ENTIRE collection. So kudos to him [...]

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    6. Fair. The story "The Royal Palms" does something sort of risky for a guy like Klam, who seems interested in provocation as much as he's showing us the inner lives of guys most would write off as callow. But other stories seem disingenuous in terms of what they wanted. He doesn't quite go as far as Joshua Ferris does, using his characters as props in social satire; but he doesn't reach as generously toward the yearning behind the facade of masculinity, career, sex, money, as does a writer, say, l [...]

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    7. Technically well-written but filled with identically unlikeable, pathetic narrators and tedious, meandering stories.

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    8. I had picked this up really expecting to hate it but ended up laughing. It was charming. Witty would be a safe way to describe this.

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    9. This much-acclaimed collection still may be one that average readers (and not book critics) will either love or hate. It's obvious why Klam has won so much critical phrase. He has a very distinct and unique voice. All of the stories are told in the 1st person except for the final story, "European Wedding," which rotates point of view among the bridge, groom, and an older man who thinks he's the bride's biological father. All of the narrators in the 1st person stories, and the groom in the final [...]

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    10. Klam writes in an original and thoroughly enjoyable voice. His loose style brilliantly captures the way people think, the way they use language, and the way they tell stories. That's the attraction of this collection, and it's enough to make it a truly enjoyable read. That and the forbidden, voyeuristic thrill of eavesdropping on the base, misogynistic observations of Klam's narrators, of course. But as Patrick Faller suggested in his review (track down it down on this site if you can), Klam's c [...]

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    11. Honestly, this can't even be a fair review reading it after the awesomely edgy work of Jonathan Ames. I loved Ames because of his honesty - brutal, in-your-face truth. That what I was expecting of Klam's work - an examination of real life, the honest truth behind so many typical American people. Maybe A.M. Homes style from the male perspective. Nope, what I got was a work about ordinary people, in ordinary situations, little climax, little humor - just the mundane life I live each day. And as re [...]

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    12. Once review I read here said that it was hard to read straight through, since the narrators sounded similar. I'd have to agree. I know better than to read most short story collections straight through, but I'm laid up right now. Many readers here commented on the misogynistic characters; I guess that is not entirely inaccurate. I saw the narrators as feeling trapped in horrible lives and hating themselves, and it just came out on women--of whom the men expected some sort of salvation. For what i [...]

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    13. I picked this up second-hand. It was published in 2000. It has 6 rainbow-coloured condoms on the front, still in their wrappers and 3 on the back no longer in their wrappers, possibly used.For this reason I give it 3 stars. If all six condoms had been used it would have got 5 stars, because 5 is the max.This gives you an idea of the kind of blokish insights and humour to expect. Is this fashionable? Maybe it was eleven years ago. Maybe not even then.It's written in colloquial American, which mea [...]

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    14. Oddly enough, I picked up this book after listening to an old reading by Sarah Vowell. In her Q&A session, someone asked her favorite writers, and she mentioned Matthew Klam. So, admittedly, I had rather high expectations. I was not prepared for the misogynistic fluff of Sam the Cat, and other stories. From the perspective from a womanizing, possibly gay guy, it was a curious blend. And I kept hoping the stories would improve. Yet, the didn't. Klam must have other redeeming qualities I've ye [...]

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    15. Matthew Klam, write more books.

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    16. "The short story is a dying art form," says Stephen King (I'm paraphrasing liberally) in his introduction to 'Everything's Eventual', "and we need to save it. Go read a short story collection. 'Sam the Cat' by Matthew Klam, for instance." Sure thing, Stevie, anything you ask for. I knew I had a copy of 'Sam the Cat' lying around, bought who knows when, who knows why (but I do know why: that's what a good cover design is for). So? All seven stories feature ostensibly different first person narrat [...]

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    17. I read this book with the expectation ( Frieda said so ) that it would make me either very happy or very sad, very excited or very angry. Disappointingly though, it did niether. I give the book 3 stars because I found it entertaining and erotic. This guy is clearly a delicious "knower" and lover of  women. Too bad his expertise only extents to the female body, but hardly to her heart and psyche.The author Matthew Klam seems to suggest exactly that-"You know that pain you feel when you see an [...]

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    18. I don't know that Matthew Klam intended for these stories to be political when writing them in the 1990s, but in 2017, with the narrator of each a white heterosexual male, often angry, bitter, chauvinistic, frustrated, insecure, and vulnerable in their thoughts—if not actions, as well—it's a perfect time for white heterosexual men (which includes myself) to pick up a copy of this book and, in addition to delighting in the veracious voice and caustic humor, maybe use it as a spur for a bit of [...]

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    19. d your point is?That's what almost every story had me saying at the end. There are laugh-out-loud lines interspersed in so much pointless drivel, that this book could be condensed into one paragraph of golden comedy.The point that did hit me on the head once I finished the book was, that it seems like the one thing modern love is most lacking is, sleep. Forget love, forget sex, sleep (or lack of it) features prominently in at least half the stories. It is, perhaps, the most universally relatable [...]

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    20. Another re-read for 2017. I enjoyed this collection far more as a younger man. Now it seems emotionally immature. I can look past some slight misogyny, especially in a well-rounded character, but the descriptions of women's bodies and the acts of sexual intercourse are amateur at best. My favorite story is "Royal Palms" which alone is worth the cost of admission here. Just be forewarned: the content doesn't quite live up to the hype on the jacket.

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    21. Great collection, disappointed with the last story.

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    22. Like an angrier, more sexually depraved Raymond Carver.

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    23. Is it possible to be a New Yorker writer and still, somehow, underrated and overlooked? Witty book of short stories, psychologically astute, funny, rich characterization.

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    24. You have to really like white guys who are rich and unhappy. In this environment, I'm tired or them

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    25. Seven short stories about young post-college men in the process of figuring things out--about themselves, what's important, and their relationships with others.

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    26. Bold, realistic and striking: Matthew Klam’s collection of short stories certainly grabs us if only for his unmerciful depiction of American life.While researching some of Stephen King’s short stories for a university module, I came across an essay of his on the short story. He describes short fiction as ‘still piecework, the equivalent of those one-of-a-kind items you can buy in an artisan’s shop’ (‘Practicing the (Almost) Lost Art’ in Everything’s Eventual). He then goes on to [...]

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    27. This is a great short story collection I highly recommend, everything about it I found superb: the writing style, the stories, characters, details, voice. The list just keeps going. The more I reflect on it the more I find something I like. First off, the writing style is brief and yet he writes in a way that tells so much. He writes in prose and then throws in gem details that enable him to skip having to go through all the minor details. A good example of this would be in the story in The Roya [...]

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    28. Finally finished this one, which I started about four years ago. I think the reason it sat so long is because I just didn't like any of the characters. What made me finish it, however (besides the fact that it's been sitting on my shelf for almost four years), is because this actually is a collection of short stories that are complete and independent in and of themselves. And I know that Klam normally is a great writer (of nonfiction, at least).What drove me crazy (besides the unlikable-ness of, [...]

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    29. Katherine turned me onto this one. And despite the fact that I don't understand the point of the short story I still tried.Katherine liked the final two convoluted marriage stories. In the final one you expect even the dog will get a pov. Many of the descriptions didn't fit. Whole lotta pronouns floating around that I had to conduct scientific enquiry to discover who they belonged to.But that was the end of the book, when I suspect Klam is himself moving toward marriage, and we've moved away fro [...]

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    30. I read this as part of my American Lit class in college, and wanted to reread it to see if it was still funny to me. It was. But I don't recommend reading all of these stories at once: the narrators are too similar. What I like most about the male characters is that a lot of them could be jerks, but in most cases they reveal themselves as honest and insecure, people who have "I wish I hadn't thought that" thoughts, instead of the boors that some of their thoughts could have made them. For exampl [...]

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