In midcentury America, the golden age of television, a man named Golk is wreaking havoc with the medium. Through a devastating series of exposures "You're on Camera" Golk manipulates the high and mighty, the lowdown and dirty, and the outrageous weird; all are within the compass of Richard Stern in this early novel, a comedy with as many inspired maneuvers as its rambunctious protagonist has for taking the measure of a profligate world. ""Golk" is a rich and marvelously detailed novel by a man with a cultivated intelligence; it is also the first really good book I have read about television." Norman Mailer "An original: sharp, funny, intelligent, rare. . . . Working in a clean, oblique style reminiscent of Nathanael West, Mr. Stern has written in" Golk" a first-rate comic novel, a piece of fiction that is at once about and loaded with that kind of recognition that junkies call the flash." Joan Didion, " National Review " ""Golk" is fantastic, funny, bitter, intelligent without weariness. Best of all Golk is pure that is to say necessary. Without hokum." Saul Bellow ""Golk" (like Golk himself) is a wonderous conception. Its world responds to personification, not analysis, and personify it Mr. Stern has done. A book in a thousand." Hugh Kenner "What I like about Mr. Stern's fantasy is that it has been conceived and written with so much gaiety. Far from a political melodrama, it reminds me of a Rene Clair movie, and even the surrealist touches needed to bring out the power and pretense of the television industry are funny rather than symbolically grim." Alfred Kazin, "Reporter " "A mighty good book, altogether alive, full of beans and none of them spilled." Flannery O'Connor"