Bookends : collected intros and outros

by Chabon, Michael,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary

A brilliant, idiosyncratic collection of introductions and afterwords (plus some liner notes) by New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon--"one of contemporary literature's most gifted prose stylists" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times).

In Bookends, Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon offers a compilation of pieces about literature--age-old classics as well as his own--that presents a unique look into his literary origins and influences, the books that shaped his taste and formed his ideas about writing and reading.

Chabon asks why anyone would write an introduction, or for that matter, read one. His own daughter Rose prefers to skip them. Chabon's answer is simple and simultaneously profound: "a hope of bringing pleasure for the reader." Likewise, afterwords--they are all about shared pleasure, about the "pure love" of a work of art that has inspired, awakened, transformed the reader. Ultimately, this thought-provoking compendium is a series of love letters and thank-you notes, unified by the simple theme of the shared pleasure of discovery, whether it's the boyhood revelation of the most important story in Chabon's life (Ray Bradbury's "The Rocket Man"); a celebration of "the greatest literary cartographer of the planet Mars" (Edgar Rice Burroughs, with his character John Carter); a reintroduction to a forgotten master of ghost stories (M. R. James, ironically "the happiest of men"); the recognition that the worlds of Wes Anderson's films are reassembled scale models of our own broken reality (as is all art); Chabon's own rude awakening from the muse as he writes his debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh; or a playful parody of lyrical interpretation in the liner notes for Mark Ronson's Uptown Special, the true purpose of which, Chabon insists, is to "spread the gospel of sensible automotive safety and maintenance practices."

Galaxies away from academic or didactic, Bookends celebrates wonder--and like the copy of The Phantom Tollbooth handed to young Michael by a friend of his father he never saw again--it is a treasured gift.

Contents
Meta-introduction
Intros. The Wes Anderson collection, Matt Zoller Seitz ; Trickster makes this world, Lewis Hyde ; The long ships, Frans G. Bengtsson ; Superheroes : fashion and fantasy, Andrew Bolton ; Julius Knipl, real estate photographer, Ben Katchor ; Herma, MacDonald Harris ; Casting the runes and other ghost stories, M.R. James ; Brown sugar kitchen, Tanya Holland ; Monster man, Gary Gianni ; The sailor on the seas of fate, Michael Moorcock ; American Flagg!, Howard Chaykin ; D'Aulaires' Norse myths, Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire ; "The rocket man," Ray Bradbury ; John Carter of Mars : warlord of Mars, Marv Wolfman, Gil Kane et al. ; The escapists, Brian K. Vaughan ; Summerland ; Fountain city, excerpt
Outros. Fountain city, excerpt ; The mysteries of Pittsburgh ; Gentlemen of the road ; The phantom toolbooth, Norton Juster ; Wonder when you'll miss me, Amanda Davis
Appendix : liner notes. 1980-1996, Carsickness ; Uptown special vinyl edition, Mark Ronson.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Chabon, the incandescently imaginative and artful author of a dozen works of fiction, including Moonglow (2016), is a connoisseur of introductions and postscripts. In his Meta-Introduction to this lively collection of his warmly conversant intros and outros, he offers fresh and illuminating analysis of the various styles and intentions of forewords, an often-dismissed literary form that he turns into scintillating hybrids of literary appreciation and memoir. Chabon devotees will relish his ensnaring essays for the insights they provide into his inspirations, including the supernatural literature of M. R. James; Michael Moorcock's heroic fantasies; Ray Bradbury's The Rocket Man ; Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth (1961); Wes Anderson's films; and the works of various comic-book artists, including Ben Katchor. Of particular tenderness and grace is the prelude to his own novel Summerland (2002), in which Chabon writes about his boyhood fascination with fairies, family sorrow, and the magic of books, which, while you read, could bind up and repair all the cracks in the world, relight the lamps, restore what had been lost, heal what had been broken. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pulitzer Prize-winner Chabon (Pops) presents a collection of brief but insightful essays, most of them introductions or afterwards ("outros") to his own and others' books. Selections from the latter category reflect his fascination with genre fiction, pop culture, and childhood, and were originally written for, among other things, a Ray Bradbury short story, the classic children's novel The Phantom Tollbooth, an anthology of Mars sci-fi sagas, an art book devoted to superhero costumes, and a study of Wes Anderson films. In the pieces about Chabon's own work, he is especially strong in reflecting on his writing process, for example in the foreword to his YA novel Summerland, which punctures the easy clichAcs authors use to explain how they find their subjects ("The whole book just came to me, like a vision, complete"). Chabon's range of interests, though it includes room for a cookbook, will chiefly appeal to his fans and to readers fascinated by superheroes and fantasy. Some of the intros reproduced could use introductions of their own, as it is disorienting trying to find a foothold into books one has never heard of (and few readers will be familiar with every single book). Nevertheless, the essays are intelligent and entertaining, and being none too long, can be read easily and quickly. Agent: Daniel Kirschen, ICM. (Jan.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Chabon, Michael -- Books and reading.
Chabon, Michael -- Sources.
Literature -- History and criticism.
Literary criticism.
Essays.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First Harper Perennial paperback edition.
Other Titles Essays.
Book-ends
Bookends
Language English
Description xii, 175 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780062851291
0062851292
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