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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.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsOverture
An Inner Scheme
The Lights of Health
This Floating World
The Wood, the Weed, the Wag
The Livelong June
The Silent W
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
What People are Saying About This
"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