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The Holy Spirit of Life: Essays Written for John Ashcroft's Secret Self

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The bold and surprising imagination of Joe Wenderoth is everywhere present in these essays moving fluidly between aesthetics, obscenity, America, censorship, and the craft of poetry. Fans of his previous work know he is one of those rare figures who travels between pop culture, poetry, and cultural critique, and all will be thrilled to find his uncompromising and inimitabl ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Wave Books
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Alan
Jul 18, 2008 Alan rated it liked it
I think Joe Wenderoth's existence in academia oppresses him. I think that there are impartial emotions in the straight-ahead essays in this book that make them irrelevant/unconsumable. I read them after reading Barthes, and it was . . . difficult. I really do think that he wrote them drunk.

However, I do think that the pieces in this book that are performance art--that are illocutionary, that are doing something--are (nearly) as brilliant as anything in Letters to Wendy's, and have all the magic
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Jerry Rocha
Sep 14, 2015 Jerry Rocha rated it really liked it
Good essays mixed with wickedly funny prose
Will
Apr 12, 2009 Will rated it really liked it
Terrific inventive stuff. Wenderoth blends an often naive voice with a dazzling, illuminating perceptiveness about what is normally hidden in the assumptions of American life. Essays on the Andy Griffith Show, campus Christians, and the Road Runner are astonishing.
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"(The) unthinking, unmoving coyote, successfully alone with his desired object, is never the subject of the cartoon, and we must be grateful for that."
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Though I don't think every essay worked, the ones that did, especially the one on MLK are enough for me to give it full marks
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The essay about jesus having a vagina, shocked me, and I do not shock. It made me laugh too.
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Nice essays though I (strongly) prefer Wonderoth's poetry.
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Just never got into it.
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Joe Wenderoth grew up near Baltimore. He is the author of No Real Light (Wave Books, 2007), The Holy Spirit of Life: Essays Written for John Ashcroft's Secret Self (Verse Press 2005) and Letters to Wendy's (Verse Press 2000). Wesleyan University Press published his first two books of poems: Disfortune (1995) and It Is If I Speak (2000). He is Associate Professor of English at the University of Cal ...more
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