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Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins Paperback – January 25, 2008
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In catering to our shortening attention spans, Martone generally constructs his essays as multiple small paragraphs organized by a number, word, heading, or question. I like this method in that it is another way in which the author can give a commentary, an interpretation. Its effect varies in each piece, though the straight numbering did little more than number. In `Still Life of Sidelines with Bob', the headings are more related to those seen in a magazine article whereas in `My Father Has Been Turned into a Monstrous Vermin', they are summaries of each segment. I particularly liked how divided his one essay, `Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Moon Winx', into multiple `essays' on the X, astronomy, lunatics, auditing, folly, etc. It re-emphasizes his premise of variably angled pieces. `Country Roads Lines with Running Fences' has questions as headlines, generic interview-like questions that prod him to comment on the Midwest, the leaving people who say `it's a good place to be from', and the meaning of fences.Read more ›