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In Exploded View "graphic" essays play with the conventions of telling a life story and with how illustration and text work together in print. As with a graphic novel, the story is not only in the text but also in how that text interacts with the images that accompany it.

Diagrams were an important part of Dustin Parsons's childhood. Parsons's father was an oilfield mechani
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Published March 15th 2018 by University of Georgia Press
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Heather
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is so much love in this collection of lyric essays, each section so tenderly rendered.

The back of the book states, “This memoir distinguishes itself from others in its ‘graphic’ elements—the appropriated diagrams, instructions, and ‘exploded view’ inventory images –that Parsons has used. They help guide the reader’s understanding of the piece, giving the reader a visual anchor for the story, and add a technical aspect to the lyric essays that they hold. This mixture of the machine-like and
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Karen
Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams by Dustin Parsons is a collection of intertwined essays that explore a variety of landscapes: the landscapes of a working-class life; the landscape of fatherhood; and the landscape of the natural world (ranging from the Kansas prairies to the Snow Belt of Western New York). Often accompanied by diagrams and pictures, as both were important parts of Parsons' life, the lyrical essays examine the ordinary, such as building a birdhouse, to the not s ...more
Anna Harris-Parker
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In his acknowledgements, Dustin Parsons calls his collection “a weird little project.” And it is. But more than weird, this book is delightful, and unlike anything I’ve ever read. These essays are honest, heartfelt, and thought-provoking. This is not a book to rush through. It’s one to linger with, share, and treasure.
Allison
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
These essays thoughtfully detail coming-of-age and parenting. Paired with diagrams of machines, animals, etc, the essay invite you to analyze the small in order to understand perspective on the whole.
Holly
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finely calibrated and beautifully rendered
Tim Bascom
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Using diagrams and short, lyric essays, Dustin Parsons offers the reader a fascinating look inside the head of a young father, with all the attendant shadows of his own childhood present as he moves into marriage and parenting. This is not a book that builds a narrative arc, pulling the reader forward by dramatic action or suspense. It's a quiet, thoughtful book full of reflective insight and lovely language. Read it like you would read a collection of poetry, and you will be satisfied. ...more
Macy Davis
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am thankful for the beautiful, poetic collection of essays. Parsons writes about Kansas in the same way that I hope I do, openly and unapologetically. The mixing of text and image is incredible, and though I mentioned the essays about western Kansas, all of the essays in this collection are touching and poignant.
Mark
So creative; loved it! Might have to buy the Todd McLellan print on 20x200 as a constant reminder
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