This brilliant darkness : a book of strangers

by Sharlet, Jeff,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Known for immersion journalism that is more immersed than most people are willing to go, and for a prose style that is somehow both fierce and soulful, Jeff Sharlet dives deep into the darkness around us and awaiting us.This work began when his father had a heart attack; two years later, Jeff, still in his forties, had a heart attack of his own. In the grip of writerly self-doubt, Jeff turned to images, taking snapshots and posting them on Instagram, writing short, true stories that bloomed into documentary. During those two years, he spent a lot of time on the road: meeting strangers working night shifts as he drove through the mountains to see his father; exploring the life and death of Charley Keunang, a once-aspiring actor shot by the police on LA's Skid Row; documenting gay pride amidst the violent homophobia of Putin's Russia; passing time with homeless teen addicts in Dublin; and accompanying a lonely woman, whose only friend was a houseplant, on shopping trips.Early readers have called this book "incantatory," the voice "prophetic," in "James Agee's tradition of looking at the reality of American lives." Defined by insomnia and late-night driving and the companionship of other darkness-dwellers--night bakers and last-call drinkers, frightened people and frightening people, the homeless, the lost (or merely disoriented), and other people on the margins--This Brilliant Darkness erases the boundaries between author, subject, and reader to ask: how do people live with suffering?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After his father's heart attack and his own, a shock at age 44, immersion journalist Sharlet, whose books The Family (2008) and C Street (2020) inspired a 2019 Netflix documentary series, began taking smartphone photographs. A night owl drawn to the off-kilter and the broken, his nocturnal wanderings brought him into contact with fellow night shifters. He took pictures of bakers and fast-food cashiers, drinkers and drug users, the overlooked, and the discounted, and got them to talk about themselves. Sharlet photographed tattoos and t-shirts, messages from the edge where people struggle with poverty, mental illness, and discrimination. Sharlet's most in-depth accounts tell the crushing stories of homeless people on Skid Row in L.A., especially the tragic tale of Charly Keunang, an elegant immigrant from Cameroon who was murdered in an unprovoked confrontation with police. Sharlet also recorded street encounters in Dublin, and the struggles of courageous gay activists in violently homophobic Moscow. With shimmers of Robert Frank and James Agee, Sharlet's images and words, hypnotic and haunting flares in the dark, coalesce into a trenchant work of witness and empathy.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2020 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lives lived in shadows and corners are lit up in these offbeat photo-journalistic essays. Journalist and Dartmouth writing professor Sharlet (The Family) roams several continents, snapping smartphone photos he posts on Instagram and talking to people: night-shift workers at a Dunkin Donuts in Vermont; a far-right gun fanatic in Schenectady, N.Y.; a Ugandan clergyman who's terrified of a witch's curse; brother-sister street-junkies in Dublin, Ireland. Most of the pieces are short, evanescent essays, but Sharlet includes longer pieces, including a profile of a homeless African immigrant on L.A.'s Skid Row who was shot to death, unarmed, by police, and a sketch of a mentally fragile New England woman struggling to control her life, her only friend a potted plant named Bandit. Sharlet's haunting photos accompany clipped, pointilist, but expressive prose that evokes character and tragedy: a New Hampshire arsonist "told the police (there were things he wanted them to know) that he used the flag to burn the church, that he tried to burn the children, that he did what he did--and, if they let him go, would do more--because he was angry with God." The result is a triumph of visual and written storytelling, both evocative and moving. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Suffering.
Night people -- Psychology.
Creative nonfiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description vii, 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781324003205
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