Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins
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About the Author
Martone's gentle, thoughtful, and wry tone informs these pitch-perfect segmented essays on growing up and moving on, on the mythic Midwest, the subtropical South, and the gloomy sunless Northeast. His concerns in this collection are about the act of creative 'transformation' whether the creative act is personal or aimed at an audience. The ordinary always transforms into the extraordinary in these wonderful, complex, and circling essays.--Robin Hemley "author of Turning Life into Fiction "
Martone's essays are dazzling high wire acts in the 'theater of betweenness'--enacting and exploring elusive states of being and becoming. Watch Martone cast his father as a green, velour, female millipede mascot! See Coach Bob Knight perform as a dazzleflauge trickster! Observe the word 'gawk' turned into an epistemological adventure up an elevator shaft and beyond! Postcards, racing, eye charts, the Midwest and much more are read as ciphers, mysteries, forms to turn this way and that in the light of both reason and play. While Martone tunes his ever-alert ear to the 'logo' in logos, he also addresses 'the texture of absence, the heft of loss, the substantial mass of all that.' In this compelling simultaneity, he achieves--in essay after essay--a deeply humane register.--Lia Purpura "author of On Looking "
The thing that's so frustrating about Michael Martone is that his wonderful mercurial tendencies don't let those of us in nonfiction completely call him our own.--John D'Agata "author of Halls of Fame "
Racing in Place is a fine collection of essays, a worthy addition to the genre that Montaigne set in motion.--Steven Harvey "Fourth Genre "