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"Jagged pieces of a mirror that reveal a quirky, informed and immensely curious character."—Kirkus
(Kirkus 2013-06-15)

"I won’t be forgetting about this book anytime soon."—Michael Buening, PopMatters
(Michael Buening PopMatters 2013-10-31)

“David Lazar is both a charmer and a challenger. His supple, cultivated mind is constantly moving, full of surprises; his puckish wit and exacting standards raise the bar for all contemporary literary nonfiction. This is an exciting collection, drawing strength from both the grand essay tradition and the cutting edge, and it is highly recommended.”—Phillip Lopate, editor of The Art of the Personal Essay
(Phillip Lopate 2013-03-05)

“David Lazar is a master of shimmering threshold moments, where acts of assertion and discovery face off (or is it hold hands?). Offering startling intimacies, gentle beckonings, and the severities of hard-won truths, Lazar is fearless about this core belief: investigations of form and self are one and the same adventure.”—Lia Purpura, author of Rough Likeness: Essays
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“The spirits of past masters (Montaigne and Charles Lamb among them) animate and infuse the enthralling essays of David Lazar, a succinct virtuoso, whose gift is rueful, charm-filled introspection. His recollections and avowals unfurl with stellar melodiousness, and with a skilled comic’s perfect timing.”—Wayne Koestenbaum, author of Humiliation
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About the Author

David Lazar is a professor of creative writing and English at Columbia College Chicago and the editor of Hotel Amerika. His works include The Body of Brooklyn, Powder Town, and Essaying the Essay.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803246382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803246386
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lazar received the first PhD in the United States in nonfiction writing, in 1989, from the University of Houston. His books include Occasional Desire (Nebraska), The Body of Brooklyn and Truth in Nonfiction (both Iowa), Essaying the Essay (Welcome Table). Powder Town (Pecan Grove), Michael Powell: Interviews and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher (both Mississippi). Forthcoming are After Montaigne (University of Georgia) and Who's Afraid of Helen of Troy (Etruscan Press). In 2014-15 he curated a digital chapbook on nonfiction editing for The Conversant.org/Essay Press. Six of his essays have been "Notable Essays of the Year" according to Best American Essays, the latest in 2014. He created the undergraduate and Ph.D. programs in Nonfiction Writing at Ohio University and directed the creation of the undergraduate and M.F.A. programs in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago where he is Professor of Creative Writing. He is the founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika, now in its fourteenth year.


Lazar has been the recipient of an Ohio State Individual Artist's Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship for General Nonfiction.

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By M. K. Burns on April 8, 2014
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David Lazar's collection of essays entitled "Occasional Desire" is often funny and reflective, captures eras recently gone by, acknowledges awkwardnesses, is intelligent and relatable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lara Beth on August 25, 2013
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David Lazar has once again given us a book you can sink your teeth into, chew up and gorge on. From phone booths to Etsy and Amazon, it tells of real life moments anyone can relate to. Whether you are closer to the high-brow intellectual or the everyday person that just likes a good book, you will enjoy Lazar's essays.
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