Areas of Fog

Areas of Fog

by Will Dowd


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"An absolutely beautiful read."
—WBUR’s Radio Boston

Will Dowd takes us on a whimsical journey through one year of New England weather in this engaging collection of essays. As unpredictable as its subject, Areas of Fog combines wit and poetry with humor and erudition. Full of literary anecdotes and keen observations, this fun, breezy, and discursive read will delight fans of Bill Bryson.

Will Dowd is a writer and artist based outside Boston. He obtained his MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where he received a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship; an MS from MIT, serving as a John Lyons Fellow; and a BA from Boston College, as a Presidential Scholar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997745535
Publisher: Etruscan Press
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 815,801
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Will Dowd is a writer and artist based outside Boston. He obtained his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from NYU, where he received a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a M.S. from MIT, serving as a John Lyons Fellow, and a B.A. from Boston College, as a Presidential Scholar. His poetry, art and essays have appeared in numerous magazines.

Table of Contents


London Town
Bare Bones

An Inner Scheme
Carry On

The Lights of Health
This Floating World
Devil Winds

Orange Peels
Beach Walk

The Wood, the Weed, the Wag
Rara Avis
In stone

On Happiness
Night Thoughts
The Livelong June

The Silent W
Ocean Sounds
The Painter of Sunflowers

High and Dry
Night Thoughts II
A Chess Problem

The Gatsby House
A Certain Unwholesome Sultriness
Smoke and Mildness

“The First Draft of an Early Fall”
Season of the Soul
Tempest in a Teapot

Silver Aslant
Paper Allegories
Frost Recidivous

Morning Thoughts
Winter Bloom


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"I love this book: Once I started it I couldn't put it down. Will Dowd guides us through the seasons, describing with a mastery of language what no weatherman I know even comes close to describing. Here in these pages we can delight in the sea-changing weather of a mind ranging from the autobiographical to a kaleidoscope of literary allusions which–far from dragging us down–lift us with the flair and insight only a poet can offer us."
—Paul Mariani, The Whole Harmonium and Epitaphs for the Journey

"A lyrical meditation on literature, history and the weather quite unlike anything I’ve ever read. Will Dowd has a gift for subtle observation and the book is richly evocative and nuanced — his intelligence, wit and warmth make for good company in a cold season."
—Deborah Landau, The Uses of the Body 

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