Medieval in LA by Jim Paul
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"Each sentence in this genial novel bursts with information, gorgeously put". The New Yorker

"A delightfully quirky book....More consistently charming and intelligent than most of us manage to be in a day". San Francisco Chronicle

Jim Paul's playful fiction juxtaposes a weekend in Los Angeles with a capsule history of Western thought. A minor mishap Saturday morning -- tomato juice sloshed on white pants -- jars the narrator into a medieval worldview; by Sunday night he has found new insights "at the edge of the West".

 

About Jim Paul

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Jim Paul, author of Catapult: Harry and I Build a Siege Weapon, What's Called Love, and Medieval in L.A., is a poet and translator. A recipient of a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in San Francisco.
 
Published May 1, 1996 by Counterpoint. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Maybe not (as he'd be the first to admit), but his doing so makes for a deep dish of brainy historical-cultural entertainment, not only as Jim washes and irons his white pants, goes to dinner and a party with his friends, and to the beach next day, but also as he tells--and ruminates upon- -anecd...

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People are still, at heart, ""pre-Copernican,"" living ""mostly in the old realm, at the center of our own universe, finding our significance, manifesting our intentions."" Jim, a medievalist by profession, spills tomato juice in his lap on his flight to L.A.

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The poet and medievalist juxtaposes high Western thought with low L.A.

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