Distinguished poet and novelist Jay Parini presents some of his best essays -- both classic and unpublished works -- on topics ranging from baseball to Frost and Emerson to the culture of creative writing. For aspiring writers, Some Necessary Angels is an illuminating glimpse into the workshop of a distinguished novelist and critic. For readers who share Parini's love of language, it is an invigorating expression of faith.
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for example, we learn several times that Parini and his wife (also a writer) both take considerable pleasure in writing in restaurants and cafes, once in an essay on that habit, again in a piece on the year they spent in Italy, and yet again in a paean to small-town life.| Read Full Review of Some Necessary Angels
Parini (The Last Station) got his title from a quote by Wallace Stevens extolling the necessary angel of reality. Without it, says Parini, we can have no poetry, no imagination, and no politics.Feb 17 1997 | Read Full Review of Some Necessary Angels