Wanderer in the Perfect City Selected Passion Pieces

ISBN-10: 0226893901
ISBN-13: 9780226893907
Edition: 2005
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Description: "There is something both marvelous and hilarious, " writes Lawrence Weschler, "in watching the humdrum suddenly take flight. This is, in part, a collection of such launchings." Indeed, the eight essays collected in "A Wanderer in the Perfect City"  More...

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

"There is something both marvelous and hilarious, " writes Lawrence Weschler, "in watching the humdrum suddenly take flight. This is, in part, a collection of such launchings." Indeed, the eight essays collected in "A Wanderer in the Perfect City" do soar into the realm of passion as Weschler profiles people who "were just moseying down the street one day, minding their own business, when suddenly and almost spontaneously, they caught fire, they became obsessed, they became intensely focused and intensely alive." With keen observations and graceful prose, Weschler carries us along as a teacher of rudimentary English from India decides that his destiny is to promote the paintings of an obscure American abstract expressionist; a gifted poker player invents a more exciting version of chess; an avant-garde Russian emigre conductor speaks Latin, exclusively, to his infant daughter; and Art Spiegelman composes "Maus". But simple summaries can't do these stories justice: like music, they derive their character from digressions and details, cadence and tone. And like the upwelling of passion Weschler's characters feel, they are better experienced than explained. "Weschler seems so hungry for life that the rest of us become hungry for him . . . a magician, a performer, and a scholar. All in one."--from the Foreword by Pico Iyer "Weschler's essays are exquisitely written--so perfectly andunobtrusively organized that one can't imagine telling them a better way." --"New York Times Book Review" "Weschler is the owner of a large dose of novelistic vision, and a particularly poetic set of ears, but . . . as important an endowment as a novelist's eye or a poet's ear is still the journalistic nose which led him down the proverbial alley."--"National Post" (Canada) "Weschler is a thoughtful observer and a superb storyteller."--"Minneapolis"" Star Tribune "

Born in Calcutta, and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Northern India. He studied in Delhi, Oxford, and Egypt and taught at various Indian and American universities. Author of a travel book and three acclaimed novels. Ghosh has also written for GRANTA, THE NEW YORKER, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and THE OBSERVER. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.Pico Iyer was born in Oxford, England to Indian parents, who immigrated to California in 1957. He received a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University and a second masters degree from Harvard University. From 1982 to 1985, he was a writer for Time magazine. Following a leave of absence to visit Asia, Iyer wrote Video Nights in Katmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East. In 1986 he returned to Time as a contributor. He also contributes regularly to Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Pico Iyer has written several other travel books including The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto; Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places in the World; and Tropical Classical: Essays from Several Directions.

Foreword
Preface
Shapinsky's Karma
Art's Father, Vladek's Son
Miller's Gambit
Slonimsky's Failure
Jensen's Shangri-La
Lennie's Illusion
Katchor's Knipl, Knipl's Katchor
Gary's Trajectory
Afterword

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