Stargazing in the Atomic Age: Essays


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University of Georgia Press
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About the Author

ANNE GOLDMAN is a professor of English at Sonoma State University and author of Take My Word: Autobiographical Innovations of Ethnic American Working Women, Continental Divides: Revisioning American Literature, and María Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives. Her essays and fiction have appeared in Tin House, the Guardian, the Georgia Review, the Gettsyburg Review, and the Southwest Review. She has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and recognized with a National Endowment for the Humanities award and an Ahmanson/Getty Fellowship.


Anne Goldman's exhilarating essays show, among many other things, that the most convincing way to write about history and culture is to write from a unique personal perspective. These essays shine a bright light on each of their subjects--scientists, writers, artists, musicians--while the character of the author shines brightly from the page.--Edward Mendelson, Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
This is a Book of Wonders. Initially a study of Jewish intellectual influence as represented by a handful of great men, its heart is a story of a young Jewish girl whose indomitable spirit and radiant, hungry intelligence will not be deterred from meeting the world in its full particularities. Part autobiography, part biography, it is in every part a stunningly researched inquisition into cultural formation and cultural inheritance. From Einstein to Mozart, from Rothko to Rhapsody in Blue, Stargazing serves as a matrix of matrices, following threads of ancient Judaic traditions as they manifest in modern music, literature, and science. With an almost cosmic pursuit of tangent and a core belief in trans-generational correspondence, Goldman has given us a true tale of diversity, one tuned to our precise American moment: It's a glorious encomium to the children (and grandchildren) of immigrants.--Aaron Shurin "author of The Blue Absolute and Flowers & Sky: Two Talks "
In these essays, Anne Goldman identifies nine holy sparks--Jewish thinkers who do no less than anchor contemporary science and culture. Grounding her contemplation of the myriad forms genius can take is a father, who, like the stars in her essays, shrugged off a world into which he did not fit, ignoring the crippling self-pity that dooms innovation of all kinds. Via synthesis, analogy, and metaphor, Goldman's agile mind moves between ideas about the complexities of being human in keeping with the ones my father, Saul Bellow, packed into his novels.--Gregory Bellow "author of Saul Bellow's Heart "
In celebration of postwar Jewish-American experience and achievement, Goldman brings a keen-eyed sympathy to her indomitable subjects.--Zachary Leader "author of The Life of Saul Bellow "
The efflorescence of energy and creativity in Jewish communities in the traumatic twentieth-century is celebrated in these sparkling essays on Jewish intellectuals. Goldman explores the lives and works of modern Jewish scientists, artists, composers, and writers, putting them in the context of the war, persecution, and migration to America, which shaped their lives and the larger Western culture in which they were rooted. . . . The result is an absorbing excavation of the Jewish experience. A beguiling meditation on Jewish achievements that shine brightly against a dark background.--Kirkus (starred review)
From Saul Bellow to Marc Chagall, Goldman offers a tour de force of Jewish accomplishment, an unapologetic correction to the narrative of agony, and a lesson on how to press on with light in the face of darkness.--Charles Dunst "Los Angeles Review of Books "