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The Resource Am I alone here? : notes on living to read and reading to live, Peter Orner ; illustrations by Eric Orner

Am I alone here? : notes on living to read and reading to live, Peter Orner ; illustrations by Eric Orner

Label
Am I alone here? : notes on living to read and reading to live
Title
Am I alone here?
Title remainder
notes on living to read and reading to live
Statement of responsibility
Peter Orner ; illustrations by Eric Orner
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"'Stories, both my own and those I've taken to heart, make up whoever it is that I've become,' Peter Orner writes in this collection of essays about reading, writing, and living. Orner reads and writes everywhere he finds himself: a hospital cafeteria, a coffee shop in Albania, or a crowded bus in Haiti. The result is 'a book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memoir.' Among the many writers Orner addresses are Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, both of whom told their truths and were silenced; Franz Kafka, who professed loneliness but craved connection; Robert Walser, who spent the last twenty-three years of his life in a Swiss insane asylum, 'working" at being crazy; and Juan Rulfo, who practiced the difficult art of silence. Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Yasunari Kawabata, Saul Bellow, Mavis Gallant, John Edgar Wideman, William Trevor, and Vc̀lav Havel make appearances, as well as the poet Herbert Morris about whom almost nothing is known. An elegy for an eccentric late father, and the end of a marriage, Am I Alone Here? is also a celebration of the possibility of renewal. At once personal and panoramic, this book will inspire readers to return to the essential stories of their own lives."--From publisher's description
Summary
A collection of 41 short essays about reading and life reflects the acclaimed writer's beliefs about the role of stories in shaping his identity and includes entries on the censoring of the works of Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, the paradoxical loneliness of Franz Kafka and the dubious insanity of Robert Walser
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10540032
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Orner, Peter
Dewey number
  • 818/.6
  • 814/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3615.R58
LC item number
A6 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Orner, Eric
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orner, Peter
  • Authors, American
  • English literature
  • Books and reading
  • Creative nonfiction
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
notes on living to read and reading to live
Label
Am I alone here? : notes on living to read and reading to live, Peter Orner ; illustrations by Eric Orner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Sometimes I believe we are being tested -- Chekhov's way of dying -- A bachelor uncle -- Winter in September -- Wideman's welcome -- The lonely voice -- Stray thoughts on Kafka -- Eudora Welty, badass -- Walser on Mission Street -- On the beauty of not writing, or, An unnecessary homage to Juan Rulfo -- 2. Let me cook you an egg -- Upper Moose Lake, 1990 -- My father's gloves -- Unforgivable -- While reading Imre Kertész -- Under all this noise -- Hit and run -- Carter on boredom -- Shameless impostors -- The infinite passion of Gina Berriault -- Since the beginning of time -- Surviving the lives we have -- Every grief-soaked word -- A black boy, a white boy -- A small note from Haiti -- 3. And here you are climbing trees -- Mad passionate true love -- Frederick the Great -- An American writer: Victor Martinez -- Cheever in Albania -- All lives are interesting -- Sisters and brothers -- Parting -- What feels like the world -- Virgie walking away -- Cincinnati, 2001 -- Salter -- Early morning thought on Ahab -- All fathers are fictional -- Ronald A. Orner -- Letter from New Melleray, Iowa -- A palm-of-the-hand story -- Night train to Split -- Father's death: the final version
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvii, 316 pages
Isbn
9781936787258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)939427361
  • 2187022
Label
Am I alone here? : notes on living to read and reading to live, Peter Orner ; illustrations by Eric Orner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Sometimes I believe we are being tested -- Chekhov's way of dying -- A bachelor uncle -- Winter in September -- Wideman's welcome -- The lonely voice -- Stray thoughts on Kafka -- Eudora Welty, badass -- Walser on Mission Street -- On the beauty of not writing, or, An unnecessary homage to Juan Rulfo -- 2. Let me cook you an egg -- Upper Moose Lake, 1990 -- My father's gloves -- Unforgivable -- While reading Imre Kertész -- Under all this noise -- Hit and run -- Carter on boredom -- Shameless impostors -- The infinite passion of Gina Berriault -- Since the beginning of time -- Surviving the lives we have -- Every grief-soaked word -- A black boy, a white boy -- A small note from Haiti -- 3. And here you are climbing trees -- Mad passionate true love -- Frederick the Great -- An American writer: Victor Martinez -- Cheever in Albania -- All lives are interesting -- Sisters and brothers -- Parting -- What feels like the world -- Virgie walking away -- Cincinnati, 2001 -- Salter -- Early morning thought on Ahab -- All fathers are fictional -- Ronald A. Orner -- Letter from New Melleray, Iowa -- A palm-of-the-hand story -- Night train to Split -- Father's death: the final version
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvii, 316 pages
Isbn
9781936787258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)939427361
  • 2187022

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