"An absolutely beautiful read."
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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
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
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
"Will Dowd's soulful, precise essays on weather and related subjects–literature, New England, human frailty, joy–are a string of expertly cut and polished gems.Bittersweetly funny and wise, deeply felt without ever lapsing into sentimentality, they're full of surprises and phrases so well turned that you'll want to read them aloud to somebody."
Carlo Rotella, Playing in Time: Essays, Profiles, and Other True Stories
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dowd is an author to watch out for. I'm so grateful that I found this book. It's unique and fun; there are certain passages that I re-read multiple times, in awe of how clever the ideas are and how well-crafted the sentences are. It's the kind of thing you want to read aloud to your friend to share the experience with them. His writing exudes intelligence and creativity that is on par with the best and brightest of current literary stars, but his style and humor and whimsy are easily accessible by all readers - and it is that balance that makes this book truly impressive.
An incredible read; so thoughtfully written! One of the only instances where I have consistently laughed about the weather in New England. I absolutely love this book!