Rough Likeness

Author(s): Lia Purpura
Original Publish Date: Dec 20, 2011
Product Number: EB00653609
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781936747344
Publisher: Sarabande Books
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"All about looking: at a landscape, at language, at a sign . . . Purpura goes beneath the surface, writing not just about what she sees but what it means." -Los Angeles Times Lia Purpura's essays are full of joy in the act of intense observation; they're also deliciously subversive and alert to the ways language gets locked and loaded by culture. These elegant, conversational excursions refuse to let a reader slide over anything, from the tiniest shards of beach glass to barren big-box wastelands. They detonate distractedness, superficiality, artificiality. In the process, Purpura inhabits many stances: metaphysician and biologist, sensualist and witness-all in service of illuminating that which Virginia Woolf called "moments of being"-previously unworded but palpably felt states of existence and knowing. Rough Likeness finds worlds in the minute, and crafts monuments to beauty and strangeness. "Lia Purpura is at the forefront of the New Essay, and this latest book (her best) takes us much closer into the rough terrain of her quirky mind than she has ever gone before. The surprises and insights keep coming. Rough Likeness is an astonishment-a book to savor, read slowly, smile at, sigh at, and cherish." -Phillip Lopate

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