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A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  84 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
...[U]npredictable in the way that only the best nonfiction can be....I found myself thinking of the Bhagavad-Gita, ..What struck me was the idea of non-attachment....Weschler writes, One works and works at something, which then happens of its own accord....its happening cannot be said to have resulted from all that work, the way effects are said to result from a series of ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Ruminator Books (first published 1998)
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Douglas Florian
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I originally read this about ten years ago but enjoyed revisiting it. Weschler has a gift for finding gifted individuals that tend to swim upstream, side stream, or with stream of consciousness. I especially enjoyed "Katchor's Knipl," about comic artist Ben Katchor, "Art's Father, Vladek's Son," about Art Spiegelman and the origin of Maus, and "Sapinsky's Karma," about abstract expressionist Harold Shapinsky. These are truly "passion pieces," and Weschler command of language as a means of transp ...more
Marissa
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am so glad I was finally able to track this book down and read it. I really enjoy Weschler's writing style, which is economical and journalistic, while still being highly engaging and full of delight in coincidence, oddity, and the twists and turns of life and human nature. He truly is a master of the creative non-fiction form from before it became all the rage. I was also especially pleased to discover that two of the pieces in here chronicle the lives and work of graphic novelists Art Spiege ...more
Kristine Stevens
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I would not have read this book unless a friend gave me his copy - the title was vague and the cover nondescript. That being said, I really enjoyed the read. I was familiar with many of the artists - Abstract Expressionist painter Harold Shapinsky, cartoonist and Maus author Art Spiegelman, musical genius Nicolas Slominsky, Louisiana Museum of Copenhagen's founder and director Knud Jensen, and cartoonist Ben Katchor. The well-written back stories about these people were fascinating.
Tara
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of profiles, most of which first appeared in the New Yorker, of eccentric, driven characters (a composer, a museum director, an artist, etc.). Wonderful reading if you like to read biographies of unknown but fascinating people.
Sam
Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
A series of thematically-linked soft profiles of assorted artists/eccentrics, all of which were originally published in 'The New Yorker' in some form. Certainly worth reading.
Kyle
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Have I mentioned this Weschler guy?
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Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mike
Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good collection of profiles including cartoonist Art Spiegelman.
Richard
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The New Yorker writer from the 1980s and '90s reprints several of his profiles of the unlikeliest of cultural heroes. A gripping read about real folks doing good things.
Kate
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you geek out with the New Yorker, this is exactly what you want in a book of non fiction essays. Charming and charmingly told stories of stranger than fiction real life.
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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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