Many Circles by Albert Goldbarth

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Many Circles collects the best of Goldbarth's three earlier essay collections, along with several new pieces. Goldbarth, whom Joyce Carol Oates has called "a dazzling virtuoso who can break your heart," weaves through an array of fascinating topics (including alien life, Jewish history, pop culture, ancient and recent events, and quantum physics) to explore the greater questions of our existence and our universe. Each essay, in language and topic, is a rich and extraordinary adventure, full of surprise and epiphany. As Robert Atwan, editor of The Best American Essays series, has noted: "Theses essays are a whole new breed . . . Goldbarth has spliced strands of the old genre with a powerful new gene—and the results are miraculous."

About Albert Goldbarth

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Albert Goldbarth is the author of several books of poetry, and of three essay collections: Dark Waves and Light Matter, Great Topics of the World, and A Sympathy of Souls. He has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his poetry, among many other honors. He lives and teaches in Kansas.
Published March 1, 2001 by Graywolf Press. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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For those who think clearly written prose is for sissies, Goldbarth is back—with a representative essay collection that both dazzles and stupefies with its complications.

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Goldbarth's playful and dissonant style ranges in one essay from witty ("But if the subject is shaky footing, let's make it literal for a while") to abrupt ("He caught her with her tongue up her therapist's ass, he said") to florid ("So tell me: who is this man here, doing a whoop-whoop whirl of ...

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