Autumn Rhythm: Musings On Time, Tide, Aging, Dying, And Such Biz

Autumn Rhythm: Musings On Time, Tide, Aging, Dying, And Such Biz

by Richard Meltzer

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Overview

A sublime and moving collection of essays by an eloquent master writer, Autumn Rhythm is equal parts candor, courage, humor, and desperation. A true-tongued, almost joyous gallows humor permeates the book, a meditation on what it's like to be on the outer edge of "boomerhood," on the cusp of official seniority; what it's like to have been so long associated with a youth movement-rock music-yet to no longer be young. Autumn Rhythm comes from a man whose work has always been music as much as it's been about it, and who now brings his syncopation of word, sound, and sense to the subject of life itself, as lived and lost: a frank, brilliant, and ultimately poetic contemplation of physical decline, the deaths of friends and family, and the confounding, ever-accelerating changes in our culture."A rant in [Meltzer's] finest and funniest manner, an epic vernacular monologue with stylistic roots in nineteenth-century humorists Bill Nye, Artemus Ward, and Mark Twain."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306813818
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/20/2004
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard Meltzer is the author of over a dozen books, including A Whore Just Like the Rest-winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award-and innumerable articles. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Autumn Rhythm: Musings on Time, Tide, Aging, Dying, and Such Biz 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
elenchus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meltzer has a distinct voice and perspective, and occasionally drops a line of acid on the paper that is -- likely as not -- directed at himself, serious but laced with humor. His style, in fact, brings to mind the beatniks: not because it sounds or reads like any beatnik, but because it has the same blend of hip slang, idiosyncracy, and literary wit.A foil for driving home some serious critique.