Rivka Galchen??s Little Labors is a droll and dazzling compendium of observations, stories, lists, and brief essays about babies and literature
Sei Shonagon??s Pillow Book??"a key inspiration for Rivka Galchen??s new book??"contains a list of “Things That Make One Nervous.” And wouldn??t the blessed event top almost anyone??s list?
Little Labors is a slanted, enchanted literary miscellany. Varying in length from just a sentence or paragraph to a several-page story or essay, Galchen??s puzzle pieces assemble into a shining, unpredictable, mordant picture of the ordinary-extraordinary nature of babies and literature. Anecdotal or analytic, each part opens up an odd and tender world of wonder. The 47 Ronin; the black magic of maternal love; babies morphing from pumas to chickens; the quasi-repellent concept of “women writers”; origami-ophilia in Oklahoma as a gateway drug to a lifelong obsession with Japan; discussions of favorite passages from the Heian masterpieces Genji and The Pillow Book; the frightening prevalence of orange as today??s new chic color for baby gifts; Frankenstein as a sort of baby; babies gold mines; babies as tiny Godzillas …
Little Labors??"atomized and exploratory, conceptually byzantine and freshly forthright??"delights.
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|Size: ||270 KB|
|Publisher: ||New Directions|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9780811222976 (DRM-EPUB)|
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