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Quotidiana Hardcover – March 1, 2010
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The University of Nebraska Press describes his book thus: “Sparked by considerations of selling garlic, washing grapes, changing a diaper, or chipping a tooth, his essays are an antidote to the harried hullabaloo of talk-show and tabloid culture—and a reminder that we are surrounded by wonders that whisper to the curious and attentive.” I found this to be the case in my reading of Quotidiana. I was able to re-examine the intricacies of everyday life, and in the ordinary find something extraordinary. I liked in his essay “The Infinite Suggestiveness of Common Things” how he seemed to both search for and defend his essay genre. He says “I want a genre that allows for the staid, mundane life of a loafer, that reaches for new connections, that recognizes the world in a grain of sand” (6). I am confident to say that he has succeeded in his original endeavor.
In the interest of disclosure, I'm an MFA student at Vermont College of Fine Arts and Patrick Madden is my advisor for the semester I'm just completing. He didn't ask me to read or review "Quotidiana," but I sought it out on my own because in working with him I've come to appreciate how much he is a knowledgable and skilled master of the essay form. I wanted to see how his skills manifest on the page and I was not disappointed. He pushes the limits of the essay because he is not just telling stories--he is seeking to make connections, and many of them are unexpected. I'm blown away, for instance, by the number of plausible ways the rock band Rush gets mentioned in the flow of Madden's prose! I liked accompanying Madden as he expertly ran down the essence of various thoughts and inspirations. I felt it was very much a journey well worth taking.
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Not sure whether to call these somewhat cloying effusions quotidian or merely pedestrian. Written in the tradition of Hazlitt, EB White (One Man's Meat has been in print for 70... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
A lot of fun!!!! Pleasant surprises in surprsing places!!!!Published 9 months ago by michael p. whitcher
What Madden is doing for the essay is simply unparalleled in our century. To compare him to Montaigne is a bit obvious, but to say he is perhaps Montaigne's twenty-first century... Read morePublished 9 months ago by emcibi
The essays found in Quotidiana by Patrick Madden celebrate the everyday and explore the spiritual/philosophical consequences of our everyday existences. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anthony Joseph Pearce
Here’s the thing about Pat Madden: he’s incredible.
I instantly identified with him. I grew up loving music and looking into the nitty gritty of lyric meanings. Read more
A collection of essays about the mundane, which becomes not mundane at all when seen through the author's lens. A book that celebrates the everyday and turns it into art.Published 24 months ago by I. M. Poston.
Funny, erudite, seemingly wandering but always gently stitched, wide-ranging, witty, and a quiet clarity and lack of self-absorption that is a real pleasure to read. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Brian Doyle
We all have stories from our lives that we like to tell again and again--you know, those odd moments that were either the most embarrassing, funny, or horrifying times of our... Read morePublished on April 10, 2010 by Anna L. Staker