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Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
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Since the release of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, the novel that won its author the Pulitzer Prize, Michael Chabon has been a genre-blending machine. Having dispensed with the Cheever-esque fiction of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, he turned his attentions to the Victorian mystery novel in The Final Solution and a Dumas-like historical adventure in Gentlemen of the Road. Now, with Maps and Legends, a collection of 12 essays, Chabon wants not only to validate his devotion to the aesthetics of genre fiction, but his membership in the club he calls “geekdom.” Michael Chabon wants geek cred because, like in any club or demographic, there’s a certain amount of exclusivity in belonging to “geekdom.” And one thing the geeks have little tolerance for is a poser.

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