Sixteen lectures, among the best delivered to small passionate audiences at the many writers' conferences held each year, are now for the first time available to a broader audience. In "Writing It Down for James," the second in the Writers on Life and Craft series, Pattiann Rogers uses science as a jumping-off point for spirituality; Stephen ...
Sixteen lectures, among the best delivered to small passionate audiences at the many writers' conferences held each year, are now for the first time available to a broader audience. In "Writing It Down for James," the second in the Writers on Life and Craft series, Pattiann Rogers uses science as a jumping-off point for spirituality; Stephen Corey finds imperfect translation to be a rich language of its own when it occurs in his infant daughter-to-be's Korean adoption papers; and other writers tell about learning to read, loving to travel, and writing one's own story.
Very Good + Anthology collects outstanding lectures from writers at various writers' conferences, contributors include John Malcolm Brinnin, Ruth Whitman, David Wojahn, Lynda Hull, Charles Baxter, Alison Deming, Pattiann Rogers, David St. John, Alan Cheuse, Edward Hirsch, more; former owner's name in pink ink top corner title page, no other marks to text, no rips or tears, no creases in spine, 197 pages.
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-04-17 The second in an annual series edited by the founding director of Writers' Conferences and Festivals, this anthology of 16 lectures delivered at writers' conferences is loosely organized around the theme of travel. John Malcolm Brinnin meditates on the sense of wonder and ``gift of serendipity'' that propel the travel writer's work and life. Edward Hirsch views poetry as ``a journey to the interior.'' For Alan Cheuse, the story of a 53-year-old truck driver who is learning to read becomes the impetus for a reflection on a reader's voyage. David Wojahn and late poet Lynda Hull, to whom the volume is dedicated, distinguish the traveler's poetry from that of the tourist. Alison Hawthorne Deming and Gary Paul Nabhan consider how nature writers travel through their environment and, as important, how nature travels through them. ``We are inspired by what surrounds us; we take it into our bodies and after some rumination, we respond with expression,'' notes Nabhan. Seeing in contemporary fiction a more intimate relationship between characters and objects, Charles Baxter is led to a thought-provoking reconsideration of John Ruskin's concept of the pathetic fallacy. As Bruce Duffy says of the tenuous relationship between fact and fiction, ``the idea, always, is to find true north, or at least a possible true north, or multiple norths.'' The diverse travelers in this anthology point the way to multiple norths, and lovers of literature will enjoy journeying with them. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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