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Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
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Oct 20, 09

bookshelves: essays, non-fiction
Read in October, 2009

"Maybe it has something to do with having won the Pulitzer Prize, which gives a guy a sense, however mistaken, of authority, and which, as far as I know, they will not take away from you even if it is determined that you have lost your mind." (p.196)

I liked the essay on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy ("On Daemons & Dust") better than, for example, his essays on comic book writers - not because it was necessarily better, just because I was familiar with the material. (Though I disagree in part with his assessment of The Amber Spyglass - I think it was brilliant.)

Throughout this collection he revisits a few themes over and over - childhood; home, exile and loss; imagination, fiction, and lies; literature and Judaism; Trickster myths; the process of writing itself.
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