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In American Gymnopédies, Scott Garson probes switching intersections of time and place and consciousness to offer, in fractured aggregate, a nation inside-out. A salesman in Asheville; a teacher in Wausau; a dispossessed woman in Flagstaff; a single mother in Seattle—each shifts toward an instant of focus within a seemingly antique lens, a charme
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Paperback, 1st, 68 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by The Lit Pub (first published May 2010)
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Steve
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories
As others have said, the pieces collected in American Gymnopédies aren't "stories" so much as moments, perhaps the germs of stories or even the longing for stories. I liked how each moment is grounded bodily and materially, because for such short fragments most of them offer a real sense of physicality and presence and that prevents the collection from becoming too ethereal even while it is otherwise ambiguous. At the same time, most of the stories feel like moments en route to somewhere else – ...more
Ben Loory
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
more like memories of stories than stories themselves, these are sad and funny seen from a distance. sometimes they slipped by and then only later did i suddenly hear them. it was nice. i read it twice, some three times.

my favorite:


Seattle Gymnopédie

In the apartment next to mine was a single mother whose name was Natalie. She kept her television against the joint wall. I had no clue what was going on in the shows her children watched, but I carried the songs around in the rain. The positive word
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David
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting catalog of people linked through places. The writing on a piece by piece level is very well done. Garson conveys an entire essence in just a few lines and then moves onto the next. You really have to stop and consider just how difficult that was, how exactly perfect every single word needed to be to work.
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Author and editor Scott Garson is from the American Midwest. His first book, American Gymnopédies, is a collection of place-based microfictions. His new book--Is That You, John Wayne?--is a full-length collection of stories. His work has won awards from Playboy, The Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation and Dzanc Books, and been published in American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review, Hobart, Conjunctio ...more

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