Unconventions: Attempting the Art of Craft and the Craft of Art

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University of Georgia Press
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5.52 X 8.5 X 0.61 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Martone's story "The Death of Derek Jeter" recently appeared in "Esquire." His short fiction, essays, and articles are widely published. Martone's books include "The Flatness and Other Landscapes" and "Unconventions," both published by Georgia. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama.


Throughout the book, the writing reveals a curious mind. Clearly Martone is someone who cares about writing, but also about politics and furniture and architecture and visual art and the history of warfare and family. One of the appeals of Unconventions is the strong presence of an idiosyncratic, individual, original voice.

--Valerie Miner "author of The Low Road"

Fact? Fiction? Artifact? Fakery? Camouflage? Who controls the frame? Michael Martone, in this radiant miscellany of 'occasional' pieces--for which the occasion may be the circus, the post office, the theater at Epidarus, or the Beatles in the garage--illuminates the art of writing and unmasks the artifice of 'reality.'

--Janet Burroway "author of Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft"

Rich with information and insight, Unconventions is a book for writers to turn to when all the handbooks and guides sound too familiar. Drawing from synapses that seem to fire at double-time, always entertaining as he instructs, Michael Martone offers advice from deep left field, from under stones the rest of us leave unturned, from a three-legged stool in his very own corner of the funhouse.

--Peter Turchi "author of Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer"

A book of writings on writing that I can only describe as sui generis, both unique and peculiar, which is better than sooey pig or even chop suey . . . generous and inclusive . . . I intend to return to Michael Martone's Unconventions again and again.

--First Draft

The author is certifiably unconventional--a young man who truly marches to the beat of a different drummer. . . . A splendid little handbook for writers that is like no other, one that suggests different ways of looking at matters pertaining to writing and different ways of thinking about them; stimulatingly unconventional.


Martone sees from acute angles, perceiving what others miss. . . . His stories contain life, served in generous helpings. Three pages of Martone's writing feel as full of experience and detail as whole chapters of other authors' work. . . . His methods in the classroom are intelligent and challenging, and they are everywhere realized in the essay collection Unconventions. . . . [It] records in book form just what a class with Martone can be like, what is at once so engaging and so demanding.