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Between Panic and Desire / Edition 1

Between Panic and Desire / Edition 1

by Dinty W. Moore


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ISBN-13: 9780803211490
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Series: American Lives
Pages: 161
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dinty W. Moore is a professor of English at Ohio University and the author of several books, including Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and CannibalsThe Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction, and The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still.

Table of Contents


Prologue: Between Panic and Desire

Part One. Panic

1. Introduction: Hello, My Name Is _______

2. Son of Mr. Green Jeans: A Meditation on Missing Fathers

3. Double Vision

4. Son of Richard M. Nixon

5. Three Bad Trips, 1968-77

6. Questions and Activities before Continuing

Part Two. Paranoia

7. Introduction: Imagine That

8. Baseball, Hot Dogs, Mescaline, and Chevrolet

9. Number Nine

10. 1984

11. Questions and Activities before Continuing

Part Three. Desire

12. Introduction: Why Oprah Doesn't Call

13. Son of George McManus

14. Three Milestones

15. Leonard Koan

16. Son of a Bush

17. Three Days in September

18. What You Want, What You Get, What You Need: A Post-Nixon, Post-panic, Post-modern, Post-mortem

19. "Curtis Knows Best": Towering, Permanent, Perilous, and Soon to be Televised on a Widescreen Near You

20. The Final Chapter


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What People are Saying About This

Los Angeles Times - Susan Salter Reynolds

Between Panic and Desire is more autopsy than memoir—a strange new hybrid. It's a fantasy of letting go of the things that have haunted Moore his entire life. These things do, in fact, float off the pages.”—Los Angeles Times

Oxford Town - Neil White

“This book is funny, funny, funny. It is an unconventional—some might say, experimental—collection of frolicsome and touching personal essays. . . . [T]he book is a rare example of how unusual form actually helps. It is the ideal display for Dinty’s imagination. He daydreams. He fantasizes. He hallucinates. And this is nonfiction. For anyone who thinks the genre is nothing more than a retelling of facts, pick up a copy of Between Panic and Desire. . . . It is literary nonfiction with integrity. And it’s fun.”—Oxford Town

Booklist - Donna Seaman

“Moore forges a brisk, incisive, funny, sometimes silly, yet stealthily affecting memoir in essays and skits, a ‘generational autobiography,’ and good candid guy stuff. . . . Each anecdote, piece of pop-culture trivia, and frankly confessed panic and desire yields a chunk of irony and a sliver of wisdom.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist  

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Between Panic and Desire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was disappointed to see this book when it arrived for me at the library. Awful cover. Looked like my fifth grade niece did the artwork. I¿d read Moore¿s piece, Son of Mr. Green Jeans, for a class this summer and loved it. Raved about it. Masterful. This was the first selection in the book. Oh dear. Is Moore a one-hit wonder?No. Happily I can say no. Ignore the cover. Moore can write, at least about the sadnesses of his life. It¿s a lovely book. Funny. Clever. Glad I read it.
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This is simply an amazing book: funny, accessible, poignant, avant garde, and silly all at the same time. Dinty Moore, a teacher of creative nonfiction, bursts the boundaries of the form in this book that includes quizzes, a dramatic teleplay written from published quotes, and an emotional autopsy. It is an easy read, as it is organized in short, punchy chapters. If you were born in the 1950s or 60s, the book will be even more meaningful for you. Highly recommended.