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Just Three Minutes, Please: Thinking Out Loud on Public Radio (Paperback)
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Just Three Minutes, Please: Thinking Out Loud on Public Radio (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 30/03/2014
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What's wrong with the contemporary American medical system? What does it mean when a state's democratic presidential primary casts 40% of its votes for a felon incarcerated in another state? What's so bad about teaching by PowerPoint? What is truly the dirtiest word in America?

These are just a few of the engaging and controversial issues that Michael Blumenthal, poet, novelist, essayist, and law professor, tackles in this collection of poignant essays commissioned by West Virginia Public Radio.

In these brief essays, Blumenthal provides unconventional insights into our contemporary political, educational, and social systems, challenging us to look beyond the headlines to the psychological and sociological realities that underlie our conventional thinking.

As a widely published poet and novelist, Blumenthal brings along a lawyer's analytical ability with his literary sensibility, effortlessly facilitating a distinction between the cliches of today's pallid political discourse and the deeper realities that lie beneath. This collection will captivate and provoke those with an interest in literature, politics, law, and the unwritten rules of our social and political engagements.

Publisher: West Virginia University Press
ISBN: 9781938228773
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 154 g
Dimensions: 178 x 127 x 9 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The intellect of a scholar, the sensitivity of a poet, the objectivity of a professor of law: it hardly seems possible that so many virtues can be embodied in one book of short talks."
C.K. Williams, American poet, critic and translator, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
"Engaging, astute, and eloquent."
Meenakshi Gigi Durham, author of "The Lolita Effect" and Professor and Collegiate Scholar at University of Iowa

"Michael Blumenthal has had many professions--lawyer, psychoanalyst, poet, professor, travel writer, novelist--and somehow these different professional perspectives blend together perfectly in his latest incarnation as a commentator for NPR. He writes with prickly piquancy and gleeful eclecticism over a broad range of topics--but is always, in the tradition of our best essayists, speaking from the baseline of his own humanity."
Ross McElwee, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University


The intellect of a scholar, the sensitivity of a poet, the objectivity of a professor of law: it hardly seems possible that so many virtues can be embodied in one book of short talks.
C.K. Williams, American poet, critic and translator, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry."
"David Sedaris and Ira Glass have a brother from another mother, and his name is Michael Blumenthal. His soulful NPR essays are profound thought-clouds from one of America's finest poets."
Dalton Delanis an Executive Producer of"In Performance at the White House"for PBS"
Engaging, astute, and eloquent.
Meenakshi Gigi Durham, author of"The Lolita Effect"and Professorand Collegiate Scholar at University of Iowa"

Michael Blumenthal has had many professionslawyer, psychoanalyst, poet, professor, travel writer, novelistand somehow these different professional perspectives blend together perfectly in his latest incarnation as a commentator for NPR. He writes with prickly piquancy and gleeful eclecticism over a broad range of topicsbut is always, in the tradition of our best essayists, speaking from the baseline of his own humanity.
Ross McElwee, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University"

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