- Series: Art of...
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Graywolf Press (July 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555976476
- ISBN-13: 978-1555976477
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 10.7 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between
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“D'Erasmo manages to teach, model, and argue many essential truths about intimacy within the slim volume, making The Art of Intimacy a perfect go-to resource for any writer, teacher, or thoughtful reader who wants line-level references to apt 20th- and 21st- century literature that represent intimacy in its kaleidoscopic diversity.” ―Los Angeles Review of Books
“D'Erasmo digs deep into the nuances of literature in order to find the hidden glue that links lovers, family, friends and enemies to each other and to the reader. . . . Readers and writers will gain a deeper appreciation for the lyric need for that which is left unsaid, like the pause in a piece of music which defines the notes around it.” ―Shelf Awareness
“A profound meditation on the relationships between fictional characters, the possibility and meaning of intimacy in fiction, and most vitally, an exploration by a master writer of how authors create relationships between readers and their stories. . . . An invaluable text for the writing classroom. . . . Buy this indispensable book.” ―The Rumpus
“Provides powerful insight . . . as D'Erasmo proved throughout, intimacy is often the result of what isn't said, of what needn't be said, of a closeness the readers feel but don't see.” ―Los Angeles Review
“The word intimacy evokes images of love, but the book also delves into the darker side of the subject: obsession. . . . D'Erasmo provides a lucid and provocative examination of the ill-defined concept of intimacy.” ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Stacey D'Erasmo is the author of The Sky Below, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year; A Seahorse Year; and Tea, a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches at Columbia University.
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I would say this book is trying to cover a "high concept writing approach", when exploring relationships between people. The examples offer methaphors and simlies on the complexity of human relationships in a way that can easily make any writer look like an amatuer. To pull it off sucessfully and not look completely pompous would be a real achievement. I was annoyed by the overuse of the word "Subjunctive", which I looked up on different sources only to find that it remained elusively undefined. The book still offers interesting food for thought though and I'm glad I read it. The case is made that we can never truly know a character/person without their personal narrative, but we can learn a lot about the character narrating, by the way they view their relationship with that other character. If you like to read/write straight forward stories this book will probably annoy you. If you like to delve deep into philosophical questions and the human psyche at large, this book is perfect for you. I, myself, am somewhere in between.