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Between Panic and Desire by Dinty W Moore
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"Insouciant" and "irreverent" are the sort of words that come up in reviews of Dinty W. Moore's books--and, invariably, "hilarious." Between Panic and Desire, named after two towns in Pennsylvania, finds Moore at the top of his astutely funny form. A book that could be named after one of its chapters, "A Post-Nixon, Post-panic, Post-modern, Post-mortem," this collection is an unconventional memoir of one man and his culture, which also happens to be our own. Blending narrative and quizzes, memory and numerology, and imagined interviews and conversations with dead presidents on TV, the book dizzily documents the disorienting experience of growing up in a postmodern world. Here we see how the major events in the author's early life--the Kennedy assassination, Nixon's resignation, watching Father Knows Best, and dropping acid atop the World Trade Center, to name a few--shaped the way he sees events both global and personal today. More to the point, we see how these events shaped, and possibly even distorted, today's world for all of us who spent our formative years in the '50s, '60s, and '70s.A curious meditation on family and bereavement, longing and fear, self-loathing and desire, Between Panic and Desire unfolds in kaleidoscopic forms--a coroner's report, a TV movie script, a Zen koan--aptly reflecting the emergence of a fractured virtual America.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Between Panic and Desire Part One. Panic 1. Introduction: Hello, My Name Is _______; 2. Son of Mr. Green Jeans: A Meditation on Missing Fathers; 3. Double Vision; 4. Son of Richard M. Nixon; 5. Three Bad Trips, 1968-77; 6. Questions and Activities before Continuing Part Two. Paranoia 7. Introduction: Imagine That; 8. Baseball, Hot Dogs, Mescaline, and Chevrolet; 9. Number Nine; 10. 1984; 11. Questions and Activities before Continuing Part Three. Desire 12. Introduction: Why Oprah Doesn't Call; 13. Son of George McManus; 14. Three Milestones; 15. Leonard Koan; 16. Son of a Bush; 17. Three Days in September; 18. What You Want, What You Get, What You Need: A Post-Nixon, Post-panic, Post-modern, Post-mortem; 19. "Curtis Knows Best": Towering, Permanent, Perilous, and Soon to be Televised on a Widescreen Near You; 20. The Final Chapter

Author Biography

Dinty W. Moore is a professor of English at Ohio University and the author of several books, including"Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals," "The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction," and "The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still.""
Release date NZ
March 1st, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
1 b/w photograph, 1 b/w drawing
University of Nebraska Press
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