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THE TRANSFORMATION (Atelos) Kindle Edition

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Length: 223 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Spahr's latest is a fascinating poetic memoir along the lines of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, charting the personal and political transformation that is at the root of books like Spahr's tender, blistering This Connection of Everyone with Lungs (2005). A prose work in nine parts (plus bibliographical afterword), the book covers the years 1997–2001, when Spahr's primary relationship expanded to include a third partner (forming what she, with wry, Stein-like splendor, refers to as a they); she entered the academic job market (with complicated results); and the excesses of the Clinton-Bush era transformed into the nightmare of 9/11. As the book unfolds, the three partners struggle to define their relationship to each other and, more awkwardly, to other people. Spahr's university job on an island in the Pacific enmeshes the three in the island's fraught race politics; they're on sabbatical in Brooklyn when 9/11 happens. Spahr, who has written about Stein, adapts Stein's repetitive, pronominally elusive style, but where Stein gossips and drops names, Spahr fugues and protects the innocent. That approach piques the desire for dish, and it keeps the focus on the anxieties, excitements and sly, trenchant analyses that the three experience and produce together. The result is a book as unique as it is beautiful. (June)
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About the Author

Juliana Spahr was born in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1966. Spahr received her BA from Bard College in Languages and Literatures and her PhD from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in English. She has taught at Siena College (1996-7), the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1997-2003), and Mills College (2003-present). She co-edits the journal Chain with Jena Osman. Her books include The Transformation (Atelos, 2007), This Connection of Everyone with Lungs (U of California, 2005), things of each possible relation hashing against one another (Palm Press, 2003), Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You (Wesleyan U, 2001), Everybody's Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (U of Alabama, 2001), and Response (Sun & Moon, 1996).

Product Details

  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Atelos (May 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081GDQ2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By some on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
september 7, 2008

dear they,

thank you for writing their book and for writing it in the way they did

some really enjoyed it especially toward the middle when some began noticing the diseased cells entering their own blood some thought they would like to enjoy all books every single book and all names every single name not in the same way but in a similar way where the enjoyment is related to noticing diseased cells entering their own blood

like when some see the name of a writer too conservative in form or a writer too conservative in feeling or a writer too conservative in lifestyle or a writer too conservative in other respects to be much liked these days by those who are the most fun to hang out with well some would like to think hey this writer who is a writer too conservative in form or a writer too conservative in feeling or a writer too conservative in lifestyle or a writer too conservative in other respects is not so bad and trying to make something neat and enjoyable and useful and even if it is in some sense complicit with capital hey when is that not the case and hey isn't it not really that writer who is to blame exactly not because of their parents exactly or their genes exactly but rather the larger forces that have bequeathed them a world of experiences and also the other two the parents and the genes might count somewhat also

some think it's maybe right to think of another writer who wrote a number of books in the 1970s that explained how thoroughgoing those types of larger forces are and how in fact nothing is bequeathing them a world of experiences but how in fact they are rather created out of that world of experiences bequeathed not to them but in general by those larger forces and how finally limited their ability to
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Kobylarczyk on February 22, 2009
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the book arrived in a very short period of time, and it was in the condition described.
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