Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal

Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal

by Wendy S. Walters

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Overview

In the manner of Calvino's Invisible Cities , Wendy S. Walters's essays deftly explore the psyches of cities such as Chicago, Detroit, New York, Portsmouth, and Washington, D.C. In "Cleveland," she interviews an African-American playwright who draws great reviews, but can't muster an audience. An on-air telephone chat between a DJ and his listeners drives a discussion of race and nutrition in "Chicago Radio." In "Manhattanville" the author, out for a walk with her biracial son, is mistaken for his nanny. Each essay explores societal questions—how eras of immense growth can leave us unable to prosper from that growth, how places intended for safety become fraught with danger, and how race and gender bias threaten our communities. Walters's haunting utterances are beautifully precise estimations of a place and its people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941411049
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 753,197
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Wendy S. Walters: Wendy S. Walters is the author of two books of poems, Troy, Michigan and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Bookforum, The Iowa Review , and others. She is Associate Professor of creative writing at The New School University in New York.

Table of Contents

Author's Note v

Lonely in America 1

Chicago Radio 33

Cleveland 45

Manhattanvilie, Part One 57

In Search of the Face 69

Multiply/Divide 89

The Personal 95

Post-Logical Notes on Self-Election 107

Cowboy Horizon 131

Procedural 141

Manhattanvilie, Part Two 153

When the Sea Comes for Us 179

Norway 195

Acknowledgments 203

The Author 205

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