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The next Scott Nadelson : a life in progress /
Scott Nadelson.
imprint
Portland, Or. : Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, 2012.
description
261 p.
ISBN
0983477566 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780983477563 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Portland, Or. : Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, 2012.
isbn
0983477566 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780983477563 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
8853306
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Pacific Northwest Bookseller Awards, USA, 2014 : Nominated
Excerpts
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Beginning in the summer of 2004, Scott Nadelson's life fell apart. His fiancée left him a month before their planned wedding. He moved into a drafty attic. His car's brakes went out. He learned that his cat was dying. Over the next two years, he'd struggle, with equivocal and sometimes humiliating results, to get back on his feet, in the process re-examining his past to understand his present circumstances. More than a collection of autobiographical essays, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress is a literary self-portrait that revolves around the dissolution of a relationship but encompasses the long process of a young man's halting self-discovery. Exploring episodes from the life of its author/narrator marked by failure, suffering, and hope, as well as literary and cultural influence, the book weighs the things that make us want to give up against the things that keep us going. Though many of the pieces are comic and self-deprecating -- some self-lacerating -- they are above all meditations on the nature of the self and the way it can be constructed through memory, desire, and the imagination. Together they form a larger narrative, a search for fulfillment and identity in a life often governed by fear. With humor and unflinching honesty, Scott Nadelson scrutinizes his life to discover who he is and finds just how elusive such a discovery can be. To read the resulting book is to join him on a personal journey that is thoughtful, surprising, occasionally hilarious, and unapologetically human.
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"A poignant meditation on love, literature, and the pains as well as the perverse pleasures of loneliness. Nadelson chronicles his life in progress with the wry, warm honesty of an old friend catching up after many years. He reminds us that the world can be simultaneously huge and miniscule, that what we read and see and remember is at once nothing and everything, that wholeness is much greater than any sum total you can imagine." -- Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House "The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress is an endearing self-portrait filled with wisdom, humor, and refreshing honesty. Nadelson examines moments in his life marked by failure and disappointment, yet nothing fails or disappoints in this fine modern memoir. A great read." -- Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire "In The Next Scott Nadelson, the title figure is honest, open, and searching, and his presence on the page is truly consoling: his patient excavation of his life will help readers understand their own." -- David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
A poignant meditation on love, literature, and the pains as well as the perverse pleasures of loneliness. Nadelson chronicles his life in progress with the wry, warm honesty of an old friend catching up after many years. He reminds us that the world can be simultaneously huge and miniscule, that what we read and see and remember is at once nothing and everything, that wholeness is much greater than any sum total you can imagine. - Meghan Daum, Author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress is an endearing self-portrait filled with wisdom, humor, and refreshing honesty. Nadelson examines moments in his life marked by failure and disappointment, yet nothing fails or disappoints in this fine modern memoir. A great read.- Dinty W. Moore, Author of Between Panic & Desire In The Next Scott Nadelson, the title figure is honest, open, and searching, and his presence on the page is truly consoling: his patient excavation of his life will help readers understand their own. - David Shields, Author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
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Kirkus Reviews, April 2013
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Summaries
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Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections published by Hawthorne, including Aftermath and The Cantor's Daughter. A winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction, the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award, he teaches creative writing at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University. He lives in Salem, Oregon.
Main Description
Beginning in the summer of 2004, Scott Nadelson's life fell apart. His fiancee left him a month before their planned wedding for another woman who made her living performing as a drag king. He moved into a drafty attic. His car's brakes went out. He learned that his cat was dying. Over the next two years, he'd struggle, with equivocal and sometimes humiliating results, to get back on his feet, in the process re-examining his past to understand his present circumstances.The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress is a literary self-portrait that revolves around the dissolution of a relationship but encompasses the long process of a young man's halting self-discovery. Exploring episodes from the life of its author/narrator marked by failure, suffering, and hope, as well as literary and cultural influence, the book weighs the things that make us want to give up against the things that keep us going. Though many of the pieces are comic and self-deprecating-some self-lacerating-they are above all meditations on the nature of the self and the way it can be constructed through memory, desire, and the imagination. Together they form a larger narrative, a search for fulfillment and identity in a life often governed by fear.With humor and unflinching honesty, Scott Nadelson scrutinizes his life to discover who he is and finds just how elusive such a discovery can be. To read the resulting book is to join him on a personal journey that is thoughtful, surprising, occasionally hilarious, and unapologetically human.
Table of Contents
The Next Scott Nadelsonp. 19
Three Musesp. 47
I'm Your Manp. 67
Leaving Portlandp. 91
Pal Manp. 95
Scavengersp. 115
Melancholy-Mad in the Soft Nightp. 139
The Two Lances; Or, Self-Portrait with Flamesp. 147
The Secret Wellp. 163
First Feesp. 173
The Nothing That Isp. 187
A Minor Characterp. 203
The End of the End of Desirep. 215
Like Fire on My Skinp. 229
The Other Scott Nadelsonp. 237
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