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Interior Places Paperback – March 1, 2008
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Interior Places, by Lisa Knopp, is an extraordinary journey below the facile, surface reality of an unexamined life into those deep, interior worlds where Truths like gemstones lie awaiting discovery. This splendid collection of sixteen essays spans a tremendous variety of subjects, approaches, and insights. Through it all, Knopp is able to craft each essay with the skill of an expert gemologist--each paragraph becomes a facet of the overall design that makes the interior theme glow with all the iridescence of a peacock's tail. Interior Places combines personal passions with public issues, careful scholarship with surprisingly fresh personal slants, and metaphorical formulations with ecstatic revelations. This book immediately rewards the more casual reader, and it also rewards the more thoughtful reader interested in parsing experiences for enduring truths. Interior Places is a rare and valuable gem, an important book, a must read.
As Knopp shows in her earlier collections of essays Flight Dreams, Field of Vision, and most recently, The Nature of Home, she writes in the tradition of literary journalism. An essay like "In the Corn" is scholarly and compelling at the same time. Although I grew up on a farm where corn was a crop, Knopp teaches me more about maize (Zea mays) and its origins and dependency on mankind for propagation than I had ever known. But this essay is more than a disquisition into corn, for her pen conflates maize into more than a crop; it blossoms into a metaphor. As one subtitle asserts--"metaphor clarifies and obscures.Read more ›