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In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal

In Brief Short Takes on the Personal In their previous collection Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones coined the term short for those creative nonfiction pieces literary rather than informational and characteristically short that are

  • Title: In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal
  • Author: Judith Kitchen Mary Paumier Jones
  • ISBN: 9780393319071
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • In their previous collection Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones coined the term short for those creative nonfiction pieces literary rather than informational, and characteristically short that are attracting our finest writers Now, with a introspective focus, this new collection emphasizes the personal as a way of seeing the world, of expressing an interiorIn their previous collection Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones coined the term short for those creative nonfiction pieces literary rather than informational, and characteristically short that are attracting our finest writers Now, with a introspective focus, this new collection emphasizes the personal as a way of seeing the world, of expressing an interior life It is intimate without being maudlin, it is private without being secret From Harriet Doerr s recollection of a halcyon time to Josephine Jacobsen s reverie on memory, In Brief offers vivid glimpses into the ways experience can be shaped in language that is fresh and inventive The seventy two authors here include the known John McPhee, Cythia Ozick, James Salter as well as remarkable new writers Essays all under 2000 words range from Frank McCourt s search for his father in the pubs of Limerick to William Maxwell s thoughts about growing old from Charles Baxter s early experience of reading to Brady Udall s confession as a liar Patricia Hampl recalls meals at her grandmother s house, while Jane Brox contemplates the meaning of bread In each piece, imagination becomes a way to explore reality The real world we are fortunate enough to live in is revealed as endlessly rich and deep.

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    1. “In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal” is a collection of short nonfiction essays. All of the text’s essays are under 2000 words, most of them well under. The book contains 72 pieces in all, ranging from the simply brilliant to the quite awful.The power in this book are the examples of writing that demonstrate universal human truths that some of the authors manage to fit into these concise pieces. “Asparagus” and “Existing Things” are two such excellent works in this collection. A [...]


    2. One of several books I've read lately that focuses on the modern phenomenon of extreme brevity in literature. It truly is continually fascinating to experience how much a skilled author can convey in very, very few words.That being said, this being a collection of very personal creative nonfiction, I found it not quite as dynamic or compelling as similar collections of fiction, such as Flash Fiction.Still, if not a great read, without question, a good one, and a very good choice to have along wh [...]


    3. This book was underwhelming and the vast majority of these pieces were worse than mediocre. Of the 73 works roughly 17 were engaging and worthwhile. The best briefs were "One Liar's Beginnings" by Brady Udall, "Nearing 90" by William Maxwell, "Adjustments" by Jeanne Brinkman Grinnan, "Very Narrow" by Anne Carson, "Remembering, I Was Not There," by Anne Panning, "Dealing with the Discovery of Death Inside an Embassy in October 1973, in Santiago de Chile" by Ariel Dorfman, "Desire" by David Shield [...]


    4. “There was a fad in the 90's of very short fictional pieces. This is a collection. Some are quite good. Only a few are terrible. One of the best is John McPhee's "Swimming with Canoes". It weaves together adventure, suspense, childhood recollection that is both nostalgic and frightening, and a clear description of an ancient technology, all on a few pages. I remember reading his book "The Birch Bark Canoe" 20 or 30 years ago. I don't know if the short piece here was excerpted from that book or [...]


    5. An amazing collections of short essays. I would recommend this to anyone interested in writing nonfiction and memoir.


    6. Personal essays by well known and not so well known authors. Great book to have in your car or bag to read in waiting rooms or when you are stuck in traffic or on hold.


    7. I've had this book traveling around on my shelves for over a decade (my notes say that I picked it up at the Newton dump when taking the recycling down for my old fabrication job). It took me this long to figure out how to read it. I like to give short stories their proper due- to read one in a sitting, and let it sit for a bit before reading the next. These stories, though are SO short- between one and four pages, they take no more than a few minutes to read, and yet each still deserves the pro [...]


    8. Standouts:*****Nearing 90 - William Maxwell Long ago, a neighbor in the country looking at our flower garden, said, "Children and roses reflect their care." This is true of the very old as well.*****Dealing with the Discovery of Death Inside an Embassy in October of 1973, in Santiago de Chile - Ariel Dorfman*****Swimming with Canoes - John McPhee*****Stuck with Strangers - Castle Freeman, Jr.What was served? I'm not sure, but I suspect that these unhurried rural negotiations of suggestion and ad [...]


    9. I'm a fan of the Short-Short story. There are many beautiful pieces of work in this anthology that illustrate what very few well-chosen words it takes to show movement in a story. This book is a wonderful expression of how a collection of multiple authors can follow a connected thread as the book unfolds. One idea clearly leads to the next, from story to story. While the author's of the stories should be commended for their work, the editorial decisions concerning order and framing of stories st [...]


    10. There is some interesting work in this collection, but my beef with it is the same as my problem with Kitchen's earlier collection, IN SHORT -- most of these are excerpts, not complete works, so there's no sense of a story arc, or even a completion of thought. These short takes are a nice way to find new writers, then go and seek out their work in its full expression.


    11. The idea of "flash nonfiction" is really cool, and the variety and writing here is a real showcase. Would be very easy to read again and be surprised all over. If you even remotely like creative nonfiction, this is a must have.


    12. I don't believe that any of these short stories or essays is longer than five pages. These are great "Short Takes on the Personal," exquisite examples of brief pieces. My only real complaint is that a few of them end rather tritely.


    13. "I focus on one hemlock twig, green needles half-penetrating the snow puff upon it. I breathe from my hara, exhailing my breath into the universe. I will know forever this twig. Of all the twigs in the forest, this has been seen."


    14. I was somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. But the last piece, "Artifacts of Memory," pushed me towards 4. Many pieces were so-so, and I'm still not sure if I'm going to chuck this in the give-away pile. Along with "Artifacts of Memory," "Man of Letters" is also a must read.


    15. Read this for a class i'm taking this summer in my MFA program, lots and lots of short-form essays, some brilliant, some decent, some crappy. An inspiring overview of short form constructions.


    16. Over 70 very short stories of life as seen through the eyes of imaginative people, this was a decent read. The stories were varied whether they were a hit or a miss, but overall pretty entertaining.


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