Proxies: Essays Near Knowing Pdf Summary Reviews By Brian Blanchfield

Proxies: Essays Near Knowing Pdf Summary

A go-for-broke essay collection that blends cultural close reading and dicey autobiography

Past compunction, expressly unbeholden, these twenty-four single-subject essays train focus on a startling miscellany of topics —Foot Washing, Dossiers, Br’er Rabbit, Housesitting, Man Roulette, the Locus Amoenus—that begin to unpack the essayist himself and his life’s rotating concerns: sex and sexuality, poetry and poetics, subject positions in American labor (not excluding academia), and his upbringing in working-class, Primitive Baptist, central-piedmont North Carolina.
In Proxies an original constraint, a “total suppression of recourse to authoritative sources,” engineers Brian Blanchfield’s disarming mode of independent intellection. The “repeatable experiment” to draw only from what he knows, estimates, remembers, and misremembers about the subject at hand often opens onto an unusually candid assessment of self and situation. The project’s driving impulse, courting error, peculiar in an era of crowd-sourced Wiki-knowledge, is at least as old as the one Montaigne had when, putting all the books back on the shelf, he asked, “What do I know?”


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About Brian Blanchfield Author of Proxies: Essays Near Knowing Pdf Book

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Brian BlanchfieldAuthor of Proxies: Essays Near Knowing Pdf Book is a poet and essayist whose most recent book is Proxies: Essays Near Knowing—a collection equal parts cultural studies and dicey autobiography, published by Nightboat Books and winner of a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. His first two books, both poetry, are Not Even Then (University of California Press) and A Several World (Nightboat), which received the 2014 James Laughlin Award. His essays and poetry have appeared in Harper’s, BOMB, The Nation, The Paris Review, Brick, StoryQuarterly, Lana Turner, and other publications; and two long sequences—one poetry, one prose—are available as chapbooks: The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (Spork Press, 2013) and Correction. (Essay Press, 2016). A 2014-15 Howard Foundation Fellow, he is an editor of Fence, a guest editor this year of the PEN Poetry Series, and host of Speedway and Swan, a biweekly poetry and music show on KXCI Community Radio in Tucson. 

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Nightboat Books; 1st edition (January 4, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1937658457
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1937658458
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #699,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #2,767 in Essays (Books)
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  • Customer Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars    21 ratings

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