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In Short : A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction

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9780393314922

ISBN10:
0393314928
Format:
Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
7/17/1996
Publisher(s):
W W NORTON & CO
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Summary

Something is going on out there. Almost simultaneously, many of our finest writers are experimenting with a new nonfiction form: brief pieces that are literary and personal rather than informational, complete in themselves, and short'”very short. Although the form has not had a name until now, the writers who are atrracted to it include the known'”Tim O'Brien, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, Michael Ondaatje'”as well as just-discovered voices in the field of creative nonfiction, a genre that is transforming the essay. Delights and surprises await the reader in this rich gathering of Shorts (ranging from several paragraphs to two thousand words). From Diane Ackerman's fascination with hummingbirds, to Andrei Codrescu's idiosyncratic view of nostalgia, to Albert Goldbarth's free-wheeling riff on the universe, each Short becomes a sharply focused lens on an outer world or an inner sensibility. In Short , reflecting almost every way in which nonfiction can be written, is for all readers (and writers) who thrive on imaginative play and aesthetic satisfaction. Pick up this book; open it up. See if you can resist it.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Disproportionate Power of the Small 17(6)
Bernard Cooper
Editors' Introduction 23(8)
Lights
31(1)
Stuart Dybek
All-Out Effort
32(2)
Reginald Gibbons
Volar
34(3)
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Around the Corner
37(2)
Sharon Bryan
Enough Jam for a Lifetime
39(5)
Maxine Kumin
An Unspoken Hunger
44(1)
Terry Tempest Williams
Three Voices
45(3)
Bhanu Kapil
Proofs
48(7)
Richard Rodriguez
Tino & Papi
55(2)
Norma Elia Cantu
Last Shot
57(3)
Tobias Wolff
LZ Gator, Vietnam, February 1994
60(2)
Tim O'Brien
Culloden
62(3)
Judith Kitchen
Afternoon Tea
65(3)
Emily Hiestand
The Shock of Teapots
68(4)
Cynthia Ozick
Harbour
72(2)
Michael Ondaatje
The Opposite of Saffron
74(5)
Mary Paumier Jones
In Praise of the Humble Comma
79(4)
Pico Iyer
Suspended
83(2)
Joy Harjo
The Blues Merchant
85(2)
Jerome Washington
The Usual Story
87(3)
Fred Setterberg
Joe Turner's Come and Gone: The Play
90(2)
August Wilson
Sunday
92(2)
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Mint Snowball
94(2)
Naomi Shihab Nye
Borrowed Time
96(2)
Paul West
Loose Ends
98(2)
Rita Dove
Nostalgia
100(2)
Richard Shelton
Across the Street
102(2)
Bia Lowe
A Wind from the North
104(3)
Bill Capossere
Snow
107(3)
John Haines
Decoy
110(5)
Franklin Burroughs
Growing Up Game
115(5)
Brenda Peterson
Rose Vegetables
120(3)
David James Duncan
Interlude
123(2)
William Kittredge
Orange Who?
125(3)
Gwendolyn Nelson
Hands
128(3)
Ted Kooser
The Signature of God
131(2)
Judson Mitcham
My Children Explain the Big Issues
133(3)
Will Baker
The Complaint
136(2)
William Matthews
My Mother in Two Photographs, Among Other Things
138(4)
Aleida Rodriguez
Ice Cream
142(2)
Susanna Kaysen
On the Street
144(2)
Vivian Gornick
Call Guy
146(3)
Alec Wilkinson
Locker Room Talk
149(3)
Stephen Dunn
White Men Can't Drum
152(5)
Sherman Alexie
Cat-Like
157(5)
John Holman
MRI
162(3)
Jim DeCamp
On Two Wheels
165(3)
Lee Gutkind
Running Xian
168(4)
John Calderazzo
A Note about Allen Tate
172(3)
Kelly Cherry
Fernando and Marisela
175(3)
Bruce Berger
A Voice for the Lonely
178(5)
Stephen Corey
Museum Piece
183(2)
David Huddle
An End to the Still Lifes
185(6)
Carol Bly
Three Fragments
191(2)
Charles Simic
Inheritance
193(1)
Denise Levertov
Modern Times
194(4)
Lawrence Weschler
Nostalgia for Everything
198(2)
Andrei Codrescu
On the Way Home
200(1)
Carol Burelbach
Falling Stars
201(2)
Gerry Sharp
Three Yards
203(3)
Michael Dorris
The Tree Beyond Imagining
206(4)
Reg Saner
December Meditation at Camp Polk Cemetery
210(5)
Kim R. Stafford
Notes Toward Identifying a Body
215(4)
John D'Agata
A Match to the Heart
219(2)
Gretel Ehrlich
Rain
221(2)
Kathleen Norris
Proud Flesh
223(4)
Vicki Lindner
April 15
227(2)
Teresa Jordan
Walking
229(4)
Linda Hogan
Into the Storm
233(4)
Jerry Ellis
I Crazy Horse
237(2)
Ian Frazier
Nacoochee Indian Mound: Helen, Georgia
239(2)
Steven Harvey
The Stories Tell the Land
241(3)
Deborah Tall
Sanctuary
244(3)
Jane Moress Schuster
Buckeye
247(4)
Scott Russell Sanders
August
251(2)
Margaret B. Blackman
Stonehenge and the Louvre Were Cool
253(6)
Carol Lucci Wisner
Winter
259(2)
Larry Sill
Natural Edges
261(3)
John Lane
Good Use for Bad Weather
264(4)
Donald Hall
Greenhouse
268(2)
Jane Brox
Nature's See-Saw
270(5)
Edward Hoagland
Outside's Not What We Think
275(5)
Marvin Bell
Falling
280(1)
Art Homer
Grubby I
281(3)
SueEllen Campbell
Children in the Woods
284(4)
Barry Lopez
We Are Distracted
288(5)
Michael Shay
One Human Hand
293(2)
Li-Young Lee
Mute Dancers: How to Watch a Hummingbird
295(4)
Diane Ackerman
Farder to Reache
299(2)
Albert Goldbarth
The Fine Art of Sighing
301(4)
Bernard Cooper
Biographical Notes 305(16)
Permissions 321(8)
Index 329


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