Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon

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In these lively critical and personal essays, Chabon asserts his literary manifesto: “I read for entertainment, and I write to entertain. Period.”
This collection of sixteen essays champions the cause of sci-fi and westerns, superheroes and horror shows, gumshoes and goblins—all the genre novels, comics, and pulp fiction that get pushed aside when literary discussion turns serious. For Chabon, the stories that give us great pleasure are in many ways our truest, best art—the building blocks of our shared imagination. Whether he’s taking up Superman or Sherlock Holmes, Poe or Proust, Chabon’s emphatic mission is to explore the reasons we tell each other tales, and to offer a glimpse of his own history as reader and writer. This ebook features a biography of the author.

About Michael Chabon

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An American novelist and short-story writer, Michael Chabon was born in Washington, D.C., in 1963. The son of a pediatrician and a lawyer, Chabon grew up in Columbia, Maryland, and spent his summers with his father in Pittsburgh. Chabon received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, and went on to get his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California at Irvine. Chabon found success at the age of 24, when William Morrow publishing house offered him $155,000, a near-record sum, for the rights to his first novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which was Chabon's thesis in graduate school. After Pittsburgh became a national best-seller, Chabon began writing a series of short stories about a little boy dealing with his parents' divorce. The stories, which in part appeared in The New Yorker and G.Q., were bound together in 1991 into a volume titled A Model World And Other Stories. Chabon has also written articles for The New York Times and Vogue. In 2001 he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. His title The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller list for 2011.
Published December 20, 2011 by Open Road Media. 203 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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“The Recipe for Life” pays tribute to the Jewish scholar Gershom Scholem, whose essay “The Idea of the Golem” helped with Chabon’s conception of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.” And the wide-ranging “Imaginary Homelands,” turning on a controversy surrounding a magazine article Chabon ...

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Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop It was while reading the essay "Imaginary Homelands" in the collec...

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The second, "Golems I Have Known", is a strange, circling essay that charts Chabon's own shifting sense of himself as a writer and a Jew by telling a linked set of stories about golems, those clay men of Jewish mythology.

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Publishers Weekly

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You would hardly think, reading Chabon's new book of essays, that he won the Pulitzer Prize for a book about comics.

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But in the process of exploring where he?s from, Chabon is also offering an object lesson: Excavating ways that pay attention to particular passions, defending childhood loves, and preserving one?s own internal dialects are fertile terrains for making art.

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As an opener to Maps and Legends, Michael Chabon's slim book of sixteen linked essays celebrating reading and writing, the author proposes that we expand our notion of entertainment to include the reading of literature.

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In the past, relocating was always easy because our t… The Granite City School District would have to raise property taxes by $1,500 a year for the owner of a house worth $100,000 to avoid closing … Jim Sim...

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Maps and Legends (McSweeney's), Michael Chabon's first collection of nonfiction, makes an inviting case for bridging the gap between popular and literary writing, as he considers the high and the low, from comics to Cormac McCarthy.

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This book is about stories that infect us with enthusiasm and pleasure.

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