Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction

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Invigorating creative nonfiction—short, but never slight—gathered by the co-editor of In Short and In Brief.
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 ...

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Overview

Invigorating creative nonfiction—short, but never slight—gathered by the co-editor of In Short and In Brief.
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—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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Seventy-seven authors contributed short essays (a few paragraphs to 2,000 words) on various subjects: a drowning in Tucson, hitchhiking, sounds, colors abandoned by the Crayola company, Mexican farm workers, small towns such as Murdo, South Dakota, a scarlet fever epidemic in 1944, an Armenian grandmother watching the Yankees, the Taj Mahal, fishing and sleeping in the woods, gay love in Amsterdam, ugly women, winter, trains, French lessons, the semi-colon, gray whales, jet lag, human cruelty, fatherhood, the ghetto girls' guide to dating and romance, and ritual meals. Themes range from American/Immigration/Settlers through Danger/Violence/Recklessness and Male Identity to War, Water, and Work/Jobs. Readers will encounter "some of the most exciting writers in present-day America." This collection is an excellent resource for young writers. Readers can tackle the essays in sequence or dip at random into this varied pool. As the author notes, "this collection speaks to a self-conscious American identity." Recommended to teachers of writing and their students. KLIATT Codes: SA*—Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Norton, 399p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Janet Julian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393326000
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/2005
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 213,638
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Kitchen, poet, novelist, and essayist, lives in Port Townsend, Washington, where she and her husband have established a low-residency writing program. She is poetry reviewer of The Georgia Review.

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Table of Contents

Moving water, Tucson 19
Brief history of my thumb 21
Night song 28
Signs and wonders 35
from "Mexico's children" 41
Tenino 44
In Wyoming 51
Those who stay and those who go 54
The Khan men of Agra 60
Water's edge 65
Someone I love 68
Words of my youth 71
Six postcards 75
September 81
Winter wheat 82
Confessions 88
Planet unflinching 91
from Two or three things I know for sure 93
Work 97
Muskgrass Chara 104
Undercurrent 107
A second time 110
January 112
Winter 115
In Nebraska 122
The night trucks 124
Opposite of south 128
What Sacagawea means to me 133
Two 137
The trains 139
Men at night 144
Random 147
Standard time 152
The war at home 160
Book war 166
Bookless in Biak 169
Disclaimer 173
Contributor's note 176
Me talk pretty one day 181
Semi-colon 188
Experiencing 192
Moon snail 196
Breakfast with Canis latrans 200
An animal looks at me 208
The human road 213
Capital realism 219
Jet lag 227
Daylight savings time 232
Getting yourself home 235
Afternoon with canals 238
Siena, burnt and raw 241
from The growing seasons 244
Behind the screen 248
Hose 254
Take me out to the ballgame 260
The old country 264
Human cruelty 271
The unknown soldier 274
Confession 278
Kind of blue 280
Son of Mr. Green Jeans 283
The spinners 292
The ghetto girls' guide to dating and romance 295
The mother 302
Clean slate 305
Ritual meals 307
Getting rid of the gun 314
Bullet in my neck 318
The big nap 322
The museum of obsolete colors 328
Four 333
Margot's diary 337
Salt hay 343
Revision 345
They're in the river 347
Essay, dresses, and fish 354
Some cloths 359
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