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Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction

Short Takes Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction 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

  • Title: Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction
  • Author: Judith Kitchen
  • ISBN: 9780393326000
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 oIn 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 and, of course, love The stellar roster of contributors includes well known writers Verlyn Klinkenborg, Jo Ann Beard, David Sedaris, Dorothy Allison, Salman Rushdie, and Terry Tempest Williams along with Michael Perry, Mark Spragg, Jane Brox, and others whose literary stars are clearly rising Each short whether a few paragraphs or reaching 2,000 words, and reflecting almost every way nonfiction can be written invites us to experience the power of the small to move, persuade, and change us.

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    1. Although some of the essays were not my cup of tea, I did enjoy a lot of the essays within this book. Usually, I hate books that professors assign unless they're classics, but this book was really something special. It was a collaboration of all of the most amazing creative nonfiction writers of our time, and I really appreciated it as more than just homework.


    2. The best of the anthologies of nonfiction shorties -- which is not a genre I love, but one I have some fondness for. I used it in a 200-level Autobiographical Writing course and my students got a lot out of it. Huge range of work and (for me, teaching at a Tacoma, WA univerity) a delightful emphasis on Northwestern authors. I love that there are more writers from Western WA than from NYC!


    3. What a fantastic collection. The pieces vary widely in style and content: the lush language and imaginative thought of Goldbarth's "Clothes" feels sensuous and dark; Kim Barnes' fantastically stark language in "Work" bares naked a beautiful spirit. MS Kitchen has arranged the pieces thoughtfully, creating interesting themes; but the themes too are short, not more than a few stories before she has moved subtly on to something entirely different. I read the book start to finished and loved the exp [...]


    4. Not a bad book. Some of the stories in this will be ones I never forget while others are Overall, I enjoyed this book and found it beneficial to my own writing progress. It was required for my creative nonfiction course and I can see why. The stories really are the definition of "short and sweet" as they were easy to dissect and discuss in class. If a beginner creative nonfiction writer wanted some good examples to help them isolate what works and what doesn't, this is the book.


    5. Lovely writing and the editing is brilliant, with themes emerging like a narrative over the entire collection


    6. - brief history of my thumb- signs and wonders- those who stay and those who go- six postcards- from 'two or three things i know for sure'- two- the war at home- me talk pretty one day- an animal looks at me- hose- the old country- the unknown soldier- getting rid of the gun- bullet in my neck- essay, dresses, and fish


    7. An anthology of 77 short, contemporary, creative non-fiction pieces. Some of them are almost magical in their power to grip with such intensity using so few words. Others aren't as good. But, either way, they're over before you know it. (This is one of the things I both like and dislike about the book. It would be perfect for reading on the bus or when you just have a few minutes at a time for reading, but not so great when you feel like sinking your teeth into a good book.)Some of my favourites [...]


    8. "Insofar as my images of North encode a message, an assumption about life, it is that circumstance is fundamentally adversarial; human relations are difficult; resolution (never mind transcendence) is unlikely; and the best one can do is to keep one's own counsel, hold fast while enduring disappointments and defeats, and accept that the highest human goal is to greet fate with dignified composure.""Take my name from me and make it a verb. Think of me when you run out of money. Remember me when y [...]


    9. What a marvelous collection of "brief encounters" with a stunning collection of writers and essays. I really think you can't get a better editor than Judith Kitchen. And what was truly breathtaking was how the mini-collections are gathered and then segue into the next little collection: we to I, water flowing throughout the collection, colors, time itself, all circling and expanding, flowing underground and coming down from the sky--water, yes, but the essays themselves.


    10. Ok, apparently I'm never, ever going to be able to finish this book. It's been on my "Currently Reading" shelf for, um, ever. Wish I guess is a sign that it's not exactly been calling out to me. However, I remember at least one great piece by Stuart Dybek, lots of great reading overall, and, several instances where I thought it could serve well as a teaching device. However, I still haven't read all of the book. Someday ?


    11. Uneven but absorbing collection of essays. Standouts include Barbara Hurd's 'Moon Snail' which is well worth the price of admission, and made me vow to find more by her, right away. It put me in mind of Annie Dillard at her grittiest. Also noteworthy was Michael Perry's 'The Big Nap'- visionary, quiet, and revelatory. A collection worth picking up.


    12. There was a great selection of nonfiction in the book. I had to read some of it for school, but I ended up finishing the entire thing. Top six favorites:Brief History of My Thumb by Lucia PerilloCapital Realism by Ann PancakeConfession by Stuart DybekThe Ghetto Girls' Guide to Dating and Romance by Sonja LivingstonSigns and Wonders by Rebecca McClanahanandWinter Wheat by Anne McDuffie


    13. This is a nice introduction to short nonfiction, if that's a genre you're unfamiliar with. There are some gems and some exceedingly boring pieces. I'd encourage skipping the ones that feel like they drag. Seriously. Few of the stories are over 10 pages; if you're bored in that little time, might as well move on to the next one.


    14. I had to read this book as part of a Creative Non-Fiction class. I wasn't clear as to what "creative non-fiction" is, but I understand now. This book is full of wonderful examples of the genre. I highly recommend giving it a read.


    15. Part of a Kitchen's series of anthologies which showcase diverse approaches to the brief essay. A collections of little gems, a must have for nonfiction teachers and writers, or anyone who loves short nonfiction.


    16. What I learnedI prefer longer essays to short ones, in the way I prefer novels(or trilogies or longer) to short stories. It just takes some time to develop ideas to the extent that satisfies me.





    17. Satisfying Quick Reads for Short Attention SpansShort Takes uses the concept of flash fiction and applies it to non-fiction: true stories told with a constraint on length.


    18. A really great intro to some fresh voices in nonfiction. The essays in Short Takes range in subject matter and tone; some profane and others profound. But they all have a unique voice.


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