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A Place Of Sense: Essays In Search Of The Midwest (Bur Oak Book)

A Place Of Sense: Essays In Search Of The Midwest (Bur Oak Book)

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by David Plowden   Michael Martone  
Language: English
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Writerly concerns dominate these eight prettily composed essays that explore the relationships of Midwesterners to Midwestern landscapes. A lecturer on fiction at Harvard, Martone ( Safety Patrol ) posits poetically if not impressionistically in ``The Flatness'' that topographical ``flatness informs the writing of the Midwest. The flatness of the landscape can serve as a foil, the writing standing out . . . in opposition to the background.'' In ``Under the Sign of Wonder Bread and Belmont Caskets,'' the story of Michael J. Rosen's decision to become a writer interrupts an otherwise adept definition of his native Columbus, Ohio, in terms of the consumerism that established it as ``an official All-American City'': it contained the nation's first supermarket and first shopping center, he says, and families like Rosen's own, for whom `` `freeze-dried,' `evaporated,' `instant,' and `condensed' became the essential catch-phrase qualities.'' Perhaps the most vivid and broadly appealing are two of the less self-conscious entries: ``The Way the Country Lies,'' Douglas Bauer's empathetic examination of the farming crisis and David Hamilton's autobiographical ``American Gothic'' (``Sometimes Grandmother forgot to put in her false teeth, and her mouth sagged like a hand puppet bowing''). Readers should look elsewhere for information about the great cities of the Midwest or its racial or ethnic minorities. Photos not seen by PW. (September)

 

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Book: A Place Of Sense: Essays In Search Of The Midwest (Bur Oak Book)
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ISBN: 0877452172
ISBN-13: 9780877452171
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 1988-09-01
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
Number of Pages: 170
Language: English
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