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Crewdson's most recent series of photographs, Twilight, are created as elaborately constructed film stills, catching the mysterious moment of time between before and after, revealing unknowable or unimaginable aspects of domestic reality. A cow lies on its back on the lawn between two houses while firemen secure the area and a man searches the sky. Could the cow have rained down from above? In another image stacks and stacks of inedible slices of bread - bearing an odd resemblance to the mysterious monoliths at Stonehenge - are watched over by a gathering of birds. Both entirely foreign and oddly familiar, these images are carefully orchestrated events that challenge our very notions of familiarity, undermining our sense of certainty. These eerie and evocative photographs pair beauty with horror, obsession with disgust, and the real with the surreal, suggesting narratives open to endless interpretations. The book includes an essay written by fiction writer Rick Moody. The book and exhibitions are comprised of the forty images from his Twilight series which was begun in 1998 - these exhibitions and this book chronicle the completion of the series and mark the first time it will be seen in its entirety.
A Retirement Gift for Women Who are Solo Agers"When it comes to aging, you can't count on your children, especially if you don't have any. But help is on the way." Harry R. Moody, Ph.D., retired Vice President for Academic Affairs, AARP Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2018 on Aging Well #1 Best Seller in Aging, Aging Parents, Gerontology, Volunteer Work, Budgeting & Money Management, Almanacs & Yearbooks, and Eldercare American Baby boomers are aging and fifteen million of them are childfree. Who will take care of them as they retire? Unprecedented in U.S. history, this demographic is creating challenges for these individuals as well as for society. Childless Solo Agers. In Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, Sara Zeff Geber, a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Behavior and a Certified Retirement Coach, coins the term "Solo Ager." Solo Agers are the segment of society that either does not have adult children or is single and expects be on their own as they grow older. A Happy retirement gift for women and men. With a compelling and readable style, Geber takes her Solo Ager readers on a journey toward happy retirement, starting with the choice to be childless and why so many boomers were able to make that decision. Through stories and narrative, she explores housing choices, relationships, and building a support system. Geber shares her expertise on what constitutes a fulfilling older life and how Solo Agers can maximize their opportunities for financial security, physical health, meaning and purpose in the second half of life. Learn about: Levels of care and independence Types of living arrangements End-of-life issues Legal and financial decisions If you have read Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old?, Aging Alone, or The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+ by Suze Orman, you will love Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers.
"[Genoa] invites us to pass our minds down a new but ancient track, to become, ourselves, both fact and fiction, and to discover something true about the geography of time."-William Gass, The New York Times "Genoa is a spectacular confrontation with Melville's work, the journals of Columbus and molecular biology-all folded into a hallucinatory narrative about two brothers and their different paths through the American century."-Publishers Weekly "Much like his great-grandfather, Herman Melville, Paul Metcalf brings an extraordinary diversity of materials into the complex patterns of analogy and metaphor, to affect a common term altogether brilliant in its imagination."-Robert Creeley "A unique work of historical and literary imagination, eloquent and powerful. I know of nothing like it."-Howard Zinn First published in 1965, Genoa is Paul Metcalf's purging of the burden of his relationship to his great-grandfather Herman Melville. In his signature polyphonic style, a storm-tossed Indiana attic becomes the site of a reckoning with the life of Melville; with Columbus, and his myth; and between two brothers-one, an MD who refuses to practice; the other, an executed murderer. Genoa is a triumph, a novel without peer, that vibrates and sings a quintessentially American song. Paul Metcalf (1917-99) was an American writer and the great-grandson of Herman Melville. His three volume Collected Works were published by Coffee House Press in 1996.
Rick Moody has been writing about music as long as he has been
writing, and this book provides an ample selection from that
output. His anatomy of the word cool reminds us that, in the
postwar 40s, it was infused with the feeling of jazz music but is
now merely a synonym for neat. "On Celestial Music," which was
included in" Best American Essays," 2008, begins with a lament for
the loss in recent music of the vulnerability expressed by Otis
Redding's masterpiece, "Try a Little Tenderness;" moves on to
Moody's infatuation with the ecstatic music of the Velvet
Underground; and ends with an appreciation of Arvo Part and
Purcell, close as they are to nature, "the music of the spheres."
Montese Crandall is a downtrodden writer whose rare collection of
baseball cards won't sustain him, financially or emotionally,
through the grave illness of his wife. Luckily, he swindles himself
a job churning out a novelization of the 2025 remake of a 1963
horror film, The Crawling Hand. Crandall tells therein of the
United States, in a bid to regain global eminence, launching at
last its doomed manned mission to Mars. Three space pods with nine
Americans on board travel three months, expecting to spend three
years as the planet's first colonists. When a secret mission to
retrieve a flesh-eating bacterium for use in bio-warfare is
uncovered, mayhem ensues.
While still in his twenties, Rick Moody found that a decade of alcohol, drugs, and other indulgences had left him stranded in a depression so severe that he feared for his life. The road of excess led, for him, not to the palace of wisdom but rather to a psychiatric hospital in one of New York's least exalted boroughs.
The Black Veil is Rick Moody's account of that debilitating passage in his life. It is the powerfully written story of a mind unraveling, and of how it feels when the underpinnings of life fall away. The anxieties of early adulthood, of first finding a place in the world—the weight placed upon that first relationship, first job, first apartment—are presented here with enormous sympathy. Anyone who has ever felt his or her own psychological footing slip, even briefly, will find Moody's account of his breakdown and return both harrowing and heartbreaking.
At the same time, The Black Veil is an astonishing exploration of guilt, blame, the public face, and the very idea of self. Looking for clues to his lifelong sense of melancholy and shame, and recognizing signs of this same condition in his family's paternal line, Moody embarked on a search for its origins. This quest begins with fathers ("Fathers refold maps, fathers like to appear as though they have infallible knowledge of direct routes between any two points") and grandfathers ("The idea here is that you have to do the heavy lifting first"). It ventures through stone quarries in Connecticut, among mossy tombstones in Maine, into the coded diary of a tormented Puritan minister, and into the life and writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In these and dozens of other places, Moody finds gleaming pieces of the past, and he weaves of them an inspired portrait of what it means to be young and confused, older and confused, guilty, lost, and finally healed.
Funny, sad, and blazingly inventive, The Black Veil is another work of audacious originality by one of the most thoughtful writers of our time.
From the concentric rings of strangers passing on a New York City street to the rings of madness in a vainglorious college student's mind, Rick Moody opens up to us a world of frustration, yearning, lies, and neglect whose frontline soldiers are the young. In the stunning title novella, a tale of sexual decay and obsession, he challenges his characters and readers alike to open up and feel their pain—our pain—even when there can be no turning back.
Rick Moody's novels have earned him a reputation as a
"breathtaking" writer (The New York Times) and "a writer of immense
gifts" (The San Francisco Examiner). His remarkable short stories
have led both the New Yorker and Harpers to single him out as one
of the most original and admired voices in a generation.
Winner of the tenth annual Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award
The first novel by the acclaimed author of The Ice Storm and Demonology follows a group of friends in Haledon, New Jersey, through one spring in their rocky passage toward adulthood. They are out of school, trying to start a band, trying to find work—looking for something to do in the degraded terrain of their suburban hometown. Garden State captures the lyricism of stark lives in an intense and unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal.
Amy Hempel is a master of the short story. This celebrated volume gathers together her complete work -- four short collections of stunning stories about marriages, minor disasters, and moments of revelation.
With her inimitable compassion and wit, Hempel introduces characters who make choices that seem inevitable, and whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human experience.
For readers who have known Hempel's work for decades and for those who are just discovering her, this indispensable volume contains all the stories in "Reasons to Live," "At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom," "Tumble Home," and "The Dog of the Marriage." No reader of great writing should be without it.
At the center of The Omega Force, which opens RIGHT LIVELIHOODS, is a buffoonish former government official in rocky recovery. Dr. "Jamie" Van Deusen is determined to protect his habitat--its golf courses (and Bloody Marys), pizza places (and beers) from "dark complected" foreign nationals. His patriotism and wild imagination are mainly fueled by a fall off the wagon. The collection's second novella, K & K, concerns a lonely young office manager at an insurance agency, where the office suggestion box is yielding unpleasant messages that escalate to a scary pitch. Ellie Knight- Cameron's responses to these random diatribes illuminate the toll that a lack of self-awareness can take. The book ends with a cataclysmic vision of New York City, after the leveling of 50 square blocks of Manhattan. Four million have died. Albertine, the "street name for the buzz of a lifetime," is a mindaltering drug that sets The Albertine Notes in motion. Only Rick Moody could lead us to feel affection for the various misguided, earnestly striving characters in this alternately unsettling and warm trio of stories.
During one month in the autumn of election year 2000, scores of movie-business strivers are focused on one goal: getting a piece of an elusive, but surely huge, television saga, the one that opens with Huns sweeping through Mongolia and closes with a Mormon diviner in the Las Vegas desert; the sure-to-please-everyone multigenerational TV miniseries about diviners, those miracle workers who bring water to perpetually thirsty (and hungry and love-starved) humankind. Among the wannabes: Vanessa Meandro, hot-tempered head of Means of Production, an indie film company; her harried and varied staff; a Sikh cab driver, promoted to the office of -theory and practice of TV; a bipolar bicycle messenger, who makes a fateful mis-delivery; two celebrity publicists, the Vanderbilt girls; a thriller writer who gives Botox parties; the daughter of an L.A. big-shot, who is hired to fetch Vanessa+s Krispy Kremes and more; a word man who coined the phrase--inspired by a true story; and a supreme court justice who wants to write the script.A few true artists surface in the course of Moody+s rollicking but intricately woven novel, and real emotion eventually blossoms for most of Vanessa's staff at Means of Production, even herself. THE DIVINERS is a cautionary tale about pointless ambition; a richly detailed look at the interlocking worlds of money, politics, addiction, sex, work, and family in modern America; and a masterpiece of comedy that will bring Rick Moody to a still higher level of appreciation.
With his two richly praised previous novels, Rick Moody has won a reputation as one of the most talented writers at work today. Now, in Purple America, he has written the breakthrough novel that readers have eagerly anticipated: a brilliantly written and emotional exploration of the unruly forces that surge inside every family.
Purple America brings us a family in extremis: a son is summoned home to care for his mother, who has long been sick, after she is abandoned by her husband. Over the course of a single weekend night, the son, Hex Raitliffe, sees his good intentions annihilated by a phalanx of opposing forces—not least of them his own predilection for strong drink. Hex confronts his stepfather, stirs up the heat of an old attraction, and tries to accommodate his mothers demands. What begins as a mission of mercy leads, one fatal step after another, to confusion, debauchery, old wounds reopened, and the stinging revelations that only a visit home can bring.
The story arrives in the voices of Hex, his mother, his stepfather, and others whose paths they cross this night. Through their thoughts and their memories we see also, amazingly, a portrait of the family in its heyday: the joy of new love, the innocence of young families, and the optimism that brings people together with the idea of creating something new. Even as Hex reels through the catastrophic present, amid tears and confrontations and the shadow of death, the novel shows with great tenderness the beauty of everyday longings for shelter, for company, for family, for peace.
The rich weave of Purple Americaencompasses the suburbs and the city, growing up and growing old, vanity and humility, ambition and surrender. Illuminated by a fierce intelligence and animated in rhapsodic prose, this is an original and unforgettable work from a writer with dazzling strengths.
The year is 1973. As a freak winter storm bears down on an exclusive, affluent suburb in Connecticut, cars skid out of control, fathers and mothers swap partners, and their children experiment with sex, drugs, and even suicide. Here two families, the Hoods and the Williamses, come face-to-face with the seething emotions behind the well-clipped lawns of their lives—in a novel widely hailed as a funny, acerbic, and moving hymn to a dazed and confused era of American life.
Nixon and 'Nam, pet rocks and shag rugs, wife-swapping and party-hopping. Suburban New England, 1973, and the Hood family are about to wish they'd stayed home. Astutely acerbic, painfully funny, THE ICE STORM is an astonishing novel of the decade that taste forgot.
House Rules documents the beauty and relevance of Deborah Berke's vision by articulating eight guiding principles to achieve an enriching domestic space. Her rules range from how to design a meaningful sequence from indoors to out, to the need for abundant storage to live an uncluttered life. House Rules delves deep into Berke's working process and her thoughtful approach to design, showcasing more than fifty residences. An inspiring guide for home owners and those aspiring to build a house, House Rules also addresses such timely factors as environmental sustainability and innovative construction techniques. Drawing on these examples of her user-friendly contemporary designs, House Rules demonstrates how to craft a serene space for modern living. Photographs of compelling details richly illustrate her principles, underscoring both the poetry and practicality of her ideas.
Paperback is the ideal format for this acclaimed anthology in which twenty-one prominent American writers -- all of whom came of age in the baby boom and Generation X years -- look at the New Testament with a fresh eye toward its meaning for them, and for us, today. These thought-provoking essays will reassure, excite, and inspire anyone who has felt the need to approach spirituality in a personal or unorthodox way.
With an introduction by Rick Moody and an afterword by Darcey Steinke, Joyful Noise includes contributions from:
Madison Smartt Bell -- April Bernard -- Catherine Bowman -- Joseph Caldwell -- Benjamin Cheever -- Lydia Davis -- Jeffrey Eugenides -- Eurydice -- Coco Fusco -- Lucy Grealy -- Barry Hannah -- bell hooks -- Jim Lewis -- Ann Patchett -- Ann Powers -- Joanna Scott -- Lisa Shea -- Stephen Westfall -- Kim Wozencraft
Cleaning up her father's home after his death, Gwenaelle Aubry
discovered a handwritten, autobiographical manuscript with a note
on the cover: to novelize. The title was The Melancholic Black
Sheep, but the subtitle, An Inconvenient Specter, had been crossed
out. The specter? Her father's disabling bipolar disorder. Aubry
had long known that she wanted to write about her father; his
death, and his words, gave her the opportunity to explain his many
absences -- even while he was physically present -- and to sculpt
her memory of him. No One is a fictional memoir in dictionary form
that investigates the many men behind the masks, and a unified
portrait evolves. A describes her father's adopted persona as
Antonin Artaud, the poet/playwright; B is for James Bond; and,
finally, Z is for Zelig, the Woody Allen character who could
transform his appearance to that of the people around him. Letter
by letter, Aubry gives shape and meaning to the father who had long
disappeared from her view.
"To be up all night in the darkness of your youth but to be ready
for the day to come...that was what going to Brown felt like."
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