Occasional Desire

Occasional Desire

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In his new collection of essays, Occasional Desire, David Lazar meditates on random violence and vanished phone booths, on the excessive relationship to jewelry that links Kobe Bryant and Elizabeth Taylor, on Hitchcock, Francis Bacon, and M. F. K. Fisher. He explores, in his concentrically self-aware, amused, and ironic voice, what it means to be occasionally aware that we are surviving by our wits, and that our desires, ulterior or obvious, are what keep us alive. Lazar also turns his attention on the essay itself, affording us a three-dimensional look at the craft and the art of reading and writing a literary form that maps the world as it charts the peregrinations of the mind. Lazar is especially interested in the trappings of memory, the trapdoors of memory, the way we gild or codify, select, soften, and self-delude ourselves based on our understanding of the past. His own process of selection and reflection reminds us of how far this literary form can take us, bound only by the limits of desire and imagination.A second vola€” ume, The Last Essays of Elia, appeared in I 83 3, the year before Lamba#39;s death, but the jig was long ... Elia is a pseuda€” onym, but it would be a mistake to push him too far from Lamb. ... on my nine-inch Sony, both the 1935 film version with Reginald Owen and, my favorite, the 195 I version with Alastair Sim.

Title:Occasional Desire
Author:David Lazar
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2013-09-01


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