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Short Takes PA

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9780393326000

ISBN10:
0393326004
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Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
7/17/2005
Publisher(s):
W W NORTON
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Summary

In the years since the perennially popular In Short and In Brief were published, readers have come to delight in the deft focus of the succinct piece we now call The Short. Extending this trend, Short Takes presents over seventy-five writers whose range and style demonstrate the myriad ways we humans have of telling our truths. Themes develop and speak to or collide with one another: musings about parents, childhood, sports, weather, war, solitude, nature, loss#xE2;#x80;#x94;and, of course, love. The stellar roster of contributors includes well-known writers#xE2;#x80;#x94;Verlyn Klinkenborg, Jo Ann Beard, David Sedaris, Dorothy Allison, Salman Rushdie, and Terry Tempest Williams#xE2;#x80;#x94;along with Michael Perry, Mark Spragg, Jane Brox, and others whose literary stars are clearly rising. Each short#xE2;#x80;#x94;whether a few paragraphs or reaching 2,000 words, and reflecting almost every way nonfiction can be written#xE2;#x80;#x94;invites us to experience the power of the small to move, persuade, and change us.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction 11(8)
PEGGY SHUMAKER
Moving Water, Tucson
19(2)
LUCIA PERILLO
Brief History of My Thumb
21(7)
STEPHEN KUUSISTO
Night Song
28(7)
REBECCA McCLANAHAN
Signs and Wonders
35(6)
RICHARD RODRIGUEZ
from "Mexico's Children"
41(3)
MARY CLEARMAN BLEW
Tenino
44(7)
MARK SPRAGG
In Wyoming
51(3)
ANN DAUM
Those Who Stay and Those Who Go
54(6)
PAMELA MICHAEL
The Khan Men of Agra
60(5)
SALMAN RUSHDIE
Water's Edge
65(3)
NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
Someone I Love
68(3)
JOE MACKALL
Words of My Youth
71(4)
LAWRENCE SUTIN
Six Postcards
75(6)
LIA PURPURA
September
81(1)
ANNE MCDUFFIE
Winter Wheat
82(6)
AMY TAN
confessions
88(3)
KELLY CHERRY
Planet Unflinching
91(2)
DOROTHY ALLISON
from Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
93(4)
KIM BARNES
Work
97(7)
KATHLEEN DEAN MOORE
Muskgrass Chara
104(3)
KATRINA ROBERTS
Undercurrent
107(3)
JAMES GALVIN
A Second Time
110(2)
VERLYN KLINKENBORG
January
112(3)
LARRY WOIWODE
Winter
115(7)
TED KOOSER
In Nebraska
122(2)
KENT MEYERS
The Night Trucks
124(4)
SVEN BIRKERTS
Opposite of South
128(5)
SHERMAN ALEXIE
What Sacagawea Means to Me
133(4)
STEPHEN DUNN
Two
137(2)
PAUL ZIMMER
The Trains
139(5)
DAVID HUDDLE
Men at Night
144(3)
SCOTT ELY
Random
147(5)
JUDITH KITCHEN
Standard Time
152(8)
JANET WONDRA
The War at Home
160(6)
WANG PING
Book War
166(3)
LAWRENCE MILLMAN
Bookless in Biak
169(4)
RON CARLSON
Disclaimer
173(3)
MICHAEL MARTONE
Contributor's Note
176(5)
DAVID SEDARIS
Me Talk Pretty One Day
181(7)
BARBARA MALLONEE
Semi-Colon
188(4)
STEPHEN COREY
Experiencing
192(4)
BARBARA HURD
Moon Snail
196(4)
REG SANER
Breakfast with Canis Iatrons
200(8)
CHARLES BERGMAN
An Animal Looks at Me
208(5)
SUSANNE ANTONETTA
The Human Road
213(6)
ANN PANCAKE
Capital Realism
219(8)
PICO IYER
Jet Lag
227(5)
M.J. IUPPA
Daylight Savings Time
232(3)
BRENDA MILLER
Getting Yourself Home
235(3)
PAUL LISICKY
Afternoon with Canals
238(3)
MARY PAUMIER JONES
Siena, Burnt and Raw
241(3)
SAMUEL HYNES
from The Growing Seasons
244(4)
JOANN BEARD
Behind the Screen
248(6)
EMILY HIESTAND
Hose
254(6)
JOSEPH EPSTEIN
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
260(4)
PETER BALAKIAN
The Old Country
264(7)
HAYDEN CARRUTH
Human Cruelty
271(3)
LUC SANTE
The Unknown Soldier
274(4)
STUART DYBEK
Confession
278(2)
SEBASTIAN MATTHEWS
Kind of Blue
280(3)
DINTY W. MOORE
Son of Mr. Green Jeans
283(9)
MICHAEL DATCHER
the spinners
292(3)
SONJA LIVINGSTON
The Ghetto Girls' Guide to Dating and Romance
295(7)
ANNE PANNING
The Mother
302(3)
JOANNA McNANEY
Clean Slate
305(2)
VALERIE MINER
Ritual Meals
307(7)
JOYCE THOMPSON
Getting Rid of the Gun
314(4)
GERALD STERN
Bullet in My Neck
318(4)
MICHAEL PERRY
The Big Nap
322(6)
BILL CAPOSSERE
The Museum of Obsolete Colors
328(5)
MARVIN BELL
Four
333(4)
S.L. WISENBERG
Margot's Diary
337(6)
JANE BROX
Salt Hay
343(2)
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
Revision
345(2)
JOHN MCPHEE
They're in the River
347(7)
SANDRA SWINBURNE
Essay, Dresses, and Fish
354(5)
ALBERT GOLDBARTH
Some Cloths
359(8)
Biographical Notes 367(16)
Alphabetical Contents 383(4)
List of Themes 387(6)
Permissions 393


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