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  • Title: Maps to Anywhere
  • Author: Bernard Cooper Richard Howard
  • ISBN: 9780820319469
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • The essays in Maps to Anywhere plot terrain that is at once familiar and subtly strange Writing on subjects ranging from his family to the origin of the barbershop pole, Bernard Cooper digs into the glimmering surface of the southern California landscape, observing the collision of the American Dream with the realities of everyday life From the fragments, he discovers laThe essays in Maps to Anywhere plot terrain that is at once familiar and subtly strange Writing on subjects ranging from his family to the origin of the barbershop pole, Bernard Cooper digs into the glimmering surface of the southern California landscape, observing the collision of the American Dream with the realities of everyday life From the fragments, he discovers landmarks by which he attempts to make sense of contemporary America.
    Maps to Anywhere The essays in Maps to Anywhere plot terrain that is at once familiar and subtly strange Writing on subjects ranging from his family to the origin of the barbershop pole Bernard Cooper digs into the g

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    1. I had this book in my pile of Important Creative Nonfiction Which I Am Remiss For Not Reading Sooner Cooper s brief lyrical passages certainly set the stage of sub genres such as flash nonfiction, prose poemy nonfiction, and even the existence of Brevity the online magazine which often cites Cooper I knew all that as I started to read this book from 1990 But what I didn t know was how surprisingly confident and risky Cooper is, and what a pleasure it is to read brief nonfiction written that way [...]

    2. This book, comprised of vignettes or episodes was an absolute pleasure to read I imagine I will revisit it again, particularly for the precision of language I particularly enjoyed the sections where the author braided his thoughts about art and architecture through his impressions of childhood.

    3. Bernard Cooper s Maps to Anywhere is a collection of stories essays that features beautiful and thought provoking instances of memory and childhood The pieces in this collection, and especially the flash fiction nonfiction, are steeped in poetic language and images that consistently offer a re read of the last sentence, just to enjoy it one time before moving forward In the two page story Que Ser Ser , Cooper writes Nor am I necessarily a nostalgic guy, though I plunder the playhouse of my past [...]

    4. At first, I was confused There is A LOT of stuff going on all at once There is a mixture of personal essay, and lyric essay fragmented into an explosion of poetic prose Works like Capiche and Live Wire catapult into interpersonal snapshots into the authors past in The House of the Future My favorite line is at the end of Capiche, All I had was a glass of language to blow into a souvenir.

    5. Beautifully rendered memories that inspired emotion in a reader The essays come together to tell a story that is bitter sweet.

    6. This is a small book that you need to spend a lot of time with I learned so many things from this book Cooper can do so much with such a small space.

    7. This book treats essays differently than I am used to thinking of them I tend to associate essays primarily with criticism While, I am well aware that the genre stretches far beyond reviewing books, or movies, or art, or literature, or food, in the end I come back to the idea of the essay taking some object and connecting it to your life and assigning some sort of value judgement to one or the other These essays are much personal Some of them are poetic and a single paragraph Like flash fiction [...]

    8. I actually believe I read this book much of it most of it years ago, but obviously it didn t sink in until now I picked it up again on a recommendation, interested in the structure and approach I found the beginning of the book charming, interesting, some great observations, but The House of the Future is breathtaking, making the whole book worth reading at least twice This essay about Cooper s coming of age around his brother s death from cancer, and at the same time his turning toward a career [...]

    9. I read about this book in David Shields Reality Hunger I was intrigued that a portion of it had been included as an essay in a best of series, and that same year the book itself had won the Pen Faulkner award for fiction The fiction category may be a stretch, but why not It is not straight memoir There are sections with clear narratives and others that read like prose poems, a genre I have never quite believed in It is elegant and beautiful, and I look forward to reading .

    10. An interesting collection of essays and observations You can t read it expecting a point, or realizations There are these, but they re not trumpeted the way they are in most popular non fiction There s almost no point to these, which made them challenging to read at times only because we re so trained to expect a certain kind of pacing and payoffs The real strength is in the voice Cooper s sentences are gorgeous, and his descriptions are their own reward.

    11. I have been reading this memoir sporadically for several decades, often returning to it for Cooper s style and outlooks on SoCal the author was my teacher in several workshops at AULA An outstanding teacher and an authentic memorist, unlike current books put out by politicians and ghost writers I have in mind the pandering garbage that was Reagan s bio in the 80s While i entered today s date in the finished category, I am sure I will never truly fnish it.

    12. A bit disjointed than The Bill from my Father which builds upon and revises some of these pieces, but useful In particular, a great collection for demonstrating how the power of an essay is not dictated by length some very brief pieces in here beside longer ones, a good collection to have on the shelf for any CNF aficionado.

    13. The sentimental memoirist quality of the book is overlaid with a fiction writer s and or essayist s impetus and design, making for a lovingly disjointed and wonderfully honest narrative A good, meaningful read.

    14. Great book of creative non fiction short stories I read it for a class on autobiography, and Bernard Cooper accomplishes exactly what I would hope that I could accomplish in my own writing If that makes sense.

    15. Yet another book I would never have read without David Shields Reality Hunger Stunning, heartbreaking language, one to reread every year.

    16. Bernard is currently my favorite writer I would call him the poet of creative nonfiction A master wordsmith.

    17. Was not very interested in the book, just my opinion I acknowledge though that it is good, for other people, or for a class which is why I read it.

    18. Nice conversational essays, nothing earth shattering but a shared humanity I ordered his latest to contrast.

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