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Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative

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Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler’s articles have throughout his long career intrigued readers with his unique insight into everything he examines, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Uncanny Valley continues the page-turning conversation as Weschler collects the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years. T
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Counterpoint (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 15, 2012 added it
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Weschlerian. As Weschler writes, a sort of companion to Vermeer in Bosnia, so thoroughly heterogeneous, but with interesting intersections and leaks. It's Weschler: I can't not love it.
Margaret
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
In probing into the difficulty of making realistic CGI faces, Weschler provides a wonderful metaphor for the elusive and mysterious nature of art making.
Anterobot Garcia
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Weschler doing the Weschler thing. No better non-fiction voice in the art world.
Andrew
This was my first attempt at reading book-length Weschler. He is, I must say, a compelling journalistic voice, with a strong kinship to other New Yorker-style commentators (John McPhee, Susan Orlean, etc.). But at this most interesting and entertaining, he's abandoning that style in favor of something wilder, subtler, and more in keeping with writers like Eco or Sebald. But hey, it's all still decent enough, and sometimes he soars to dizzying heights-- look no further than his essay on Bill Morr ...more
Andrew Martin
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
not recommended as a jumping-off point for Weschler's work (everything that rises! read everything that rises!) but if you are a kevin-kelly-trademark True Fan there is a lot to love here. the Walter Murch apocalypse now / jarhead essay is superb, as is the on-the-ground reporting from the International Criminal Court negotiations in Rome.
Greg
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can't get enough of Mr. Weschler. This was my bedtime reading for the last year or so. Delighted to see Marcel the Shell with Shoes on in the epilogue. As always, his writing makes me feel so enthralled to be alive and privy to this world that we've created.
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I enjoy Weschler's studies. I still don't understand Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder. This one made me want to read more about film editor and sound designer Walter Murch.
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Lawrence Weschler, a graduate of Cowell College of the University of California at Santa Cruz (1974), was for over twenty years (1981-2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was also a recipient of Lannan Lit ...more

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