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Friends in the World: The Education of a Writer
     

Friends in the World: The Education of a Writer

by Aram Saroyan
 

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"Friends in the World reminds us how much we need each other to truly be ourselves."—L.A. Reader

". . . a thoughtful self-depiction of a budding writer of the sixties as well as sympathetic portraits of fellow literary figures such as Ted Berrigan, Allen Ginsberg, and Tom Clark."—Library Journal

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"Friends in the World reminds us how much we need each other to truly be ourselves."—L.A. Reader

". . . a thoughtful self-depiction of a budding writer of the sixties as well as sympathetic portraits of fellow literary figures such as Ted Berrigan, Allen Ginsberg, and Tom Clark."—Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This brief, affectionate memoir by the son of William Saroyan reads less like a narrative than a collection of essays. The author focuses on the 1960s, which for him was a decade of artistic and personal development rather than political passion. Estranged from his famous father, the teenage Saroyan drank in Manhattan and entered ? entered just seems too formal/stalwart seems too strong/steted entered/pk the city's poetry scene. At 21, he founded a literary magazine and met personages like the poet Ted Berrigan, whose romantic lifestyle encouraged his young friend. The book meanders through Saroyan's marriage and his moves to Woodstock, Massachusetts and California, then flashes back to describe people such as the poet Andrew Wylie, who founded Telegraph Books and agented Last Rites , Saroyan's memoir of his father. Though Saroyan can turn a phrase, the story becomes diffuse, especially when he habitually notes every place he and his wife found lodginglodging' in previous review .``ever stayed in'' is particularly inelegant/i've steted/pk However, Saroyan includes some effective digressions: musings on giving up marijuana; a spirited defense of his one-word poem, sp ok/pk ``lighght,'' which became a key exhibit since conservatives tried to use poem as a weapon against him, which is unclear as is in the conservative assault on government arts funding; and reflections on writing Last Rites , when his life and journal ``brought me to an entirely unexpected moment of healing with my father.'' Photos. (May)
Library Journal
Saroyan gives a thoughtful self-depiction of a budding writer of the Sixties as well as sympathetic portraits of fellow literary figures such as Ted Berrigan, Allen Ginsberg, and Tom Clark. He narrates how they assisted one another in their writing and publishing efforts. He portrays the Sixties as a decade ``about happiness''--though failing to reconcile this with why so many of his friends died early. He gives a good account of the government furor over the NEA Poetry Award for his one-word poem. Predictably enough, Saroyan settled down somewhat as he grew older, and here he touches on the reconciliation with his famous, strong-willed father, William Saroyan. Little that is new, but an optional purchase for collections on writers of the younger generation.-- Kenneth Mintz, Hoboken P.L., N.J.

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ISBN-13:
9780918273970
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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