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Bernard Cooper

Author of The Bill from My Father: A Memoir

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About the Author

Bernard Cooper has taught at Antioch/Los Angeles and at the UCLA Writer's Program and is currently the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine

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Works by Bernard Cooper

Maps to Anywhere (1990) 119 copies
Truth Serum: Memoirs (1996) 104 copies
Best American Gay Fiction #2 (1997) — Foreword — 87 copies
Guess Again: Short Stories (2000) 76 copies
A Year of Rhymes (1993) 59 copies

Associated Works

Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 394 copies
The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994) — Contributor — 315 copies
The Best American Essays 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 288 copies
The Best American Essays 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 221 copies
In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction (1996) — Preface — 220 copies
Men on Men 3: Best New Gay Fiction (1990) — Contributor — 202 copies
The Best American Essays 1995 (1995) — Contributor — 158 copies
The Best American Essays 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 153 copies
Best American Gay Fiction 1996 (1996) — Contributor — 115 copies
The Best American Essays 1988 (1988) — Contributor — 97 copies
His: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers (1995) — Contributor — 79 copies
The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write about Their Fathers (2002) — Contributor — 77 copies
Granta 145: Ghosts (2018) — Contributor — 49 copies
Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (2000) — Contributor — 41 copies
Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers (1999) — Contributor — 33 copies
Latter-Gay Saints: An Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 8 copies


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I wasn't sure at first whether I would stick with this memoir, as the tale of an irascible, shouting, aged father struck a little too close to home ["each of them implied that my father was irascible while at the same time commending in him a certain charm they had a hard time putting their fingers on". But I'm glad I did. Well written and containing humor as well as pathos, there are some remarkable turns of phrase and descriptions, such as this one in which he has driven up to a curb where his father sits, seeming not to recognize him. "With the windows rolled up, the world surged by with barely a sound. He seemed to be sealed inside the sunlight just as surely as I was sealed inside my car. I was afraid to roll down the window, afraid he wouldn't respond to my voice, wouldn't react if I called him Father. Stranded in the gap between silence and speech, I could almost feel my own name loosen and peel away, leaving me raw and anonymous." Highly recommended.
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AnaraGuard | 3 other reviews | Nov 1, 2020 |
This book is not exactly what I expected. From the title, I expected the bill to appear a lot sooner in the book -- it wasn't mentioned until page 175 or so. Instead, the first 3/4 of the book focuses on the contentious relationship the author has with his father. I'm not sure if I liked the book or not.
Stembie3 | 3 other reviews | Jun 14, 2015 |
I read this for a class and found Cooper's poetic style to be really inspiring to me. This probably, mostly, because it seems a lot like my own, although more honed; the way he deals with subjects, de familiarizing them, is something I would like to incorporate into my own voice.
swampygirl | 3 other reviews | Dec 9, 2013 |
This is a book of short pieces of different types. Many of them are prose poems not totally unlike the Charles Baudelaire book I’m leisurely making my way through. I didn’t love a lot of these. I thought the stories where he talks about his family were much better, still having his interesting style, but with more feeling and seeming more solid, where some of the other pieces seemed sort of forced and self consciously "artsy".
bongo_x | 3 other reviews | Apr 6, 2013 |


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