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Self-Help Paperback – March 13, 2007
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One of the best pieces in "Self-Help" is probably the first Lorrie Moore piece I ever read. "Self-Help" was published the year I graduated from college, and I think a college friend gave me a copy of "How to Become a Writer." Note the "become" instead of "be." Moore acknowledges the process involved in writing and lets her readers know that writers are not sprung fully-formed from the head of Zeus or anyone else. Listen to this beautifully assured, resonant, yet hilarious passage from "How to Become a Writer":
"First, try to be something, anything, else. A movie star/astronaut. A movie star/missionary. A movie star/kindergarten teacher. President of the World. Fail miserably. It is best if you fail at an early age--say, fourteen. Early, critical disillusionment is necessary so that at fifteen you can write long haiku sequences about thwarted desire. It is a pond, a cherry blossom, a wind brushing against sparrow wing leaving for mountain. Count the syllables. Show it to your mom. She is tough and practical. She has a son in Vietnam and a husband who may be having an affair. She believes in wearing brown because it hides spots. She'll look briefly at your writing, then back up at you with a face blank as a doughnut. She'll say: 'How about emptying the dishwasher?' Look away. Shove the forks in the fork drawer. Acccidentally break one of the freebie gas station glasses. This is the required pain and suffering. This is only for starters.Read more ›
p.s. Please *ignore* the review below from TGA@BIGPOND.COM.KH, as it is actually referring to Lorrie's most recent book, Birds of America (the "sick baby" story is "People Like That are the Only People Here.")
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Wonderful use of language and a unique understanding of the human condition. A truly surrendering delivery. Thank you sincerely. XPublished 6 months ago by Whitney B.
As a result of the sheer force and poignancy of Moore's prose, the inimitable quirks and striking turns of phrase, every so often when graduate school was devouring my soul, I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christin M. Mulligan
Frank and wryly written, Lorrie Moore envelops her reader in life's conflicts, sucking us in to analyze our own loves and losses. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sara
Fantastic read that made me laugh and then cry and then laugh. Really excellent writing with true heart.Published 10 months ago by kellyk
I have read all of Lorrie Moore's writings and loved all of them. This book is no exception and I highly recommend it, I find all of her writings to be fascinating.Published 13 months ago by Richard Elms
Another extraordinary collection of stories. She has become one of my favorite authors.Published 13 months ago by Sarah A. Saltus
So, I read this book slowly through this year, and I must say, it is one of my favorite reads of this year. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Briana Williams