Between Panic and Desire

Between Panic and Desire

by Dinty W. Moore

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Overview

“Insouciant” and “irreverent” are the sort of words that come up in reviews of Dinty W. Moore’s books—and, invariably, “hilarious.” Between Panic and Desire, named after two towns in Pennsylvania, finds Moore at the top of his astutely funny form. A book that could be named after one of its chapters, “A Post-Nixon, Post-panic, Post-modern, Post-mortem,” this collection is an unconventional memoir of one man and his culture, which also happens to be our own.
 
Blending narrative and quizzes, memory and numerology, and imagined interviews and conversations with dead presidents on TV, the book dizzily documents the disorienting experience of growing up in a postmodern world. Here we see how the major events in the author’s early life—the Kennedy assassination, Nixon’s resignation, watching Father Knows Best, and dropping acid atop the World Trade Center, to name a few—shaped the way he sees events both global and personal today. More to the point, we see how these events shaped, and possibly even distorted, today’s world for all of us who spent our formative years in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. A curious meditation on family and bereavement, longing and fear, self-loathing and desire, Between Panic and Desire unfolds in kaleidoscopic forms—a coroner’s report, a TV movie script, a Zen koan—aptly reflecting the emergence of a fractured virtual America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803229822
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: American Lives
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(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

Acknowledgments

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

Index

About the Author

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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