The Self-Devoted Friend

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Price
$12.95
Publisher
Tough Poets Press
Publish Date
Pages
166
Dimensions
5.83 X 0.35 X 8.27 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780692872819
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About the Author

Dr. Marvin Cohen is a Senior Faculty member (Niemeyer Chair, 2005) at Bank Street College of Education and a member of the Mathematics Leadership Program (MLP) faculty. He teaches both mathematics pedagogy and content classes and advises in the MLP. Dr Cohen, with his colleagues, helped to develop the ten video case studies that are the foundation of this Math for All curriculum, aimed at increasing access to meaningful mathematics for all children K-5. Dr Cohen was "Scholar in Residence" at the Ben Franklin International School in Barcelona Spain in the spring of 2010. Dr. Cohen has also been Director of Instructional Technology at Bank Street and has been director of a variety of technology-based projects that focus on building a technology-using environment at Bank Street. He has coordinated collaborations with Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia. He was a co-designer of the Mathematics Learning Forums (Annenberg, 1994), a distance education project and was a co-founder of Bank Streetβ€²s Center for Minority Achievement (a middle school reform project) and the Mathematics Leadership Program.

Reviews

"When I was an unpublished writer 55 years ago, I lived in the same crummy tenement as Marvin Cohen in New York, and got to know him and his extraordinary writing. To me he was the Beckett of Avenue B -- funnier, more accessible, but just as determined to show us the world in a new way. Cohen is the chronicler of frustration, and The Self-Devoted Friend is just one of his masterpieces." Paul Theroux

"It is rare these days -- perhaps, any days -- to come across a work that not only reveals a striking, fresh talent, but stands outside current literary preoccupations. What Mr. Cohen has is his own: a joy in language, and an eye, at once innocent and shrewd, for the paradoxes inherent in the human condition. He puts both language and people through their paces, stands them on their heads, and hugs them to his heart in what amounts as a tour de force of serio-comedy, a sort of superb clowning in which pathos and absurdity intertwine as they do in a Charlie Chaplin film." The New York Times Book Review

"Cohen surrealistically juxtaposes ideas, seeks irrational and fantastic links, but for the high purposes of verbal comedy and linguistic entertainment." The New Statesman (London)

"Marvin Cohen's wacky humor has something of Thurber, something of Steinberg, Buster Keaton, the surrealists, the pataphysicians. The Self-Devoted Friend is a book that should be read immediately by all who gladly recognize themselves to be half crazy." Thomas Merton

"Such discontinuous fictions as Finnegans Wake or Naked Lunch or Marvin Cohen's The Self-Devoted Friend would store more suitably than nineteenth-century novels." Richard Kostelanetz