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"Andrew Choate's Learning is a dazzling testament to remaining forever a student in the for-profit racket known as life, particularly the university of hard knocks. Free of hierarchical notions about where or from whom one gets an education, Choate gleans knowledge from disparate sources including his 8th-grade girlfriend, the Viennese poet Friederike Mayröcker, and an iss ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 10th 2018 by Civil Coping Mechanisms
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Aphoristic writing of high caliber, respectfully modeled on Markson and Brainard, a slice of Americana (with lacerating glimpses into the criminal justice system and medical care), a work of mourning, a memoir, a cross between the Godardian tic of grabbing random books and quoting from them and the Benjaminesque exercise of unpacking one’s library. Occasional passages, of a surrealistic non sequitur variety, may grate upon your eyes but they are probably akin to a Cecil Taylor suddenly seeping t ...more