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Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim

"This collection not only restores to print the heart of Krim’s achievement, but balances it out with lesser-known pieces that show his judicious lucidity, side-by-side with his manic melancholy exuberance. And Mark Cohen has done an excellent job of placing Krim in an historical and literary context."—Phillip Lopate, editor, The Art of the Personal Essay


"The mere presence of this book makes me happy, let alone Mark Cohen's sympathetic editing and introductions. Krim has been out of print for too long." Joshua Cohen, author of Witz, in The Forward


"Seymour Krim? Never heard of him? Start by reading this book cover to cover. If you know Seymour Krim, this collection of 'pieces,' a compendium of his grand kvetches, will remind you of a true indispensable American individual." Regina Weinreich, American Book Review


"Mark Cohen's anthology resurrects Seymour Krim's lost or little-known work. It reminds old fans of his extraordinary style and wit, and introduces a younger generation to an American original. I'm delighted to see Krim's writing back in print and accessible to readers once again." Jonah Raskin, author, American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and the Making of the Beat Generation


"Today, these pieces are as wise and moving as they were on the day they were written." Vivian Gornick, Bookforum