These Details In Preference To Nothing

These Details In Preference To Nothing

by Neil Azevedo

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Overview

These Details in Preference to Nothing is the story of a relationship, or rather it's a meditation on one, that is, a mediation on love, faith and an existence caught in transition told from a perspective not fully capable of seeing all angles. The narrative is in the first person and in the present tense as is every love affair between very young adults. The title sums up a lot--These Details in Preference to Nothing--a line lifted from Becket. To quote John Barth "heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill; but what you want is passionate virtuosity." A story told in intense moments of meditative stupor, it sometimes reads more like poetry, and so it began as an extended sonnet sequence, but emerged into this record--to be added to all the others throughout history--of the truth in the sincere and authentic passion of the young, or at least some of the relevant and more illustrative details.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148906445
Publisher: William Ralph Press
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 600,038
File size: 195 KB

About the Author

Neil Azevedo's first book, Ocean, was published by Grove Press in 2005. A book of rock ‘n’ roll trivia, Fan, was published by William Ralph Press under the pseudonym Roland McAlsberg in 2007. These Details in Preference to Nothing: Isabel is his first book of prose, and the first book in this trilogy. The second volume, A Book of Nightmares, is also available electronically from William Ralph Press. The third, Ruin, will be available soon. In addition to books, Neil has published poems and articles in such magazines as The New Criterion, First Things, The Gettysburg Review, The Antioch Review, Image, The Western Humanities Review, The Journal, Prairie Schooner, Drunken Boat, The New York Times and The Paris Review where he won the Bernard F. Conners Prize For Poetry in 1998. He currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska where he reads, reclusively spends time with his three children, and from time to time directs the vinyl reissue label Drastic Plastic Records.

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