Ian Frazier





Ian Frazier

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Ian Frazier (b.1951) is an American writer and humorist. He is the author of Travels in Siberia, Great Plains, On the Rez, Lamentations of the Father and Coyote V. Acme, among other works, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He graduated from Harvard University. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Travels in Siberia
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 2,379 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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Great Plains
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,366 ratings — published 1989 — 9 editions
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On the Rez
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 956 ratings — published 2000 — 6 editions
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The Cursing Mommy's Book of...
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Coyote v. Acme
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 265 ratings — published 1996 — 5 editions
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Family
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 152 ratings — published 1994 — 7 editions
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Lamentations of the Father:...
3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 138 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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Dating Your Mom
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“Every once in a while, people need to be in the presence of things that are really far away.”
Ian Frazier

“Sometimes travel is merely an opportunity taken when you can.”
Ian Frazier, Travels in Siberia

“America is a leap of the imagination. From its beginning, people had only a persistent idea of what a good country should be. The idea involved freedom, equality, justice, and the pursuit of happiness; nowadays most of us probably could not describe it a lot more clearly than that. The truth is, it always has been a bit of a guess. No one has ever known for sure whether a country based on such an idea is really possible, but again and again, we have leaped toward the idea and hoped. What SuAnne Big Crow demonstrated in the Lead high school gym is that making the leap is the whole point. The idea does not truly live unless it is expressed by an act; the country does not live unless we make the leap from our tribe or focus group or gated community or demographic, and land on the shaky platform of that idea of a good country which all kinds of different people share.

This leap is made in public, and it's made for free. It's not a product or a service that anyone will pay you for. You do it for reasons unexplainable by economics--for ambition, out of conviction, for the heck of it, in playfulness, for love. It's done in public spaces, face-to-face, where anyone is free to go. It's not done on television, on the Internet, or over the telephone; our electronic systems can only tell us if the leap made elsewhere has succeeded or failed. The places you'll see it are high school gyms, city sidewalks, the subway, bus stations, public parks, parking lots, and wherever people gather during natural disasters. In those places and others like them, the leaps that continue to invent and knit the country continue to be made. When the leap fails, it looks like the L.A. riots, or Sherman's March through Georgia. When it succeeds, it looks like the New York City Bicentennial Celebration in July 1976 or the Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963. On that scale, whether it succeeds or fails, it's always something to see. The leap requires physical presence and physical risk. But the payoff--in terms of dreams realized, of understanding, of people getting along--can be so glorious as to make the risk seem minuscule.”
Ian Frazier, On the Rez

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