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I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms (Paperback)
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I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms (Paperback)

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Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 01/11/2017
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In his third book of essays, David Lazar blends personal meditations on sex and death with considerations of popular music and coping with anxiety through singing, bowling, and other distractions. He sets his work apart as both in the essay and of the essay by throwing himself into the form's past-interviewing or speaking to past masters and turning over rocks to find lost gems of the essay form.


I'll Be Your Mirror further expands the dimensions of contemporary nonfiction writing by concluding with a series of aphorisms. Surreal, comical, and urban moments of being, they are part Cioran, part Kafka, and part Lenny Bruce. These are accompanied by Heather Frise's illustrations, whose looking-glass visions of motherhood-funny and grotesque-meet the vision of the aphorist in this most unusual nonfiction book.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496202062
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An eclectic collection."-Kirkus * Kirkus *
"Combining thoughtful essays, imaginative interviews, aphorisms, and more, this book not only gives readers a vibrant and dizzying array of nonfiction forms, but also provides new and exciting ways to view the genre's possibilities as a whole."-Rumpus * Rumpus *
"This book is a remarkable look at the transformative and thrilling sounds the essay can make when given the chance to play as many different instruments as possible."-Christopher John Stephens, Pop Matters -- Christopher John Stephens * Pop Matters *
"David Lazar asks to be known and seen, as Montaigne asked to be known and seen in his Essais. . . .This collection is a weird and wonderful conglomeration of form that invites the reader to ruminate with a brilliant and savvy mind. . . . There is no posturing here, but a sophisticated sifting through of moments, memories and the relationships that comprise a single life, thoughtfully engaged with the world, reflecting much more than its own singularity."-Angela Pelster-Wiebe, author of Limber

-- Angela Pelster-Wiebe
"Traditional aphorisms are stand-alone wisecracks, but David Lazar's are more like stairs up into a strange isolation or down into the stranger isolation of our community with each other-`The bliss of opening the door and finding no one there.' They are an ultraviolet that illuminates without lightening; they are genially at home in the dark. Exhilarating and unpredictable reading."-James Richardson, author of During and By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms
-- James Richardson
"In David Lazar's essays, the ostensible subjects become mindstream explorations in which music and memory dance to the intimate mysteries of human love and longing."-Lawrence Sutin, author of A Postcard Memoir and Jack and Rochelle -- Lawrence Sutin

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