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Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon

Maps and Legends (edition 2008)

by Michael Chabon

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A series of linked essays in praise of reading and writing, with subjects running from ghost stories to comic books, Sherlock Holmes to Cormac McCarthy. Throughout, Chabon energetically argues for a return to the thrilling, chilling origins of storytelling, rejecting the false walls around "serious" literature in favor of a wide-ranging affection.… (more)
Title:Maps and Legends
Authors:Michael Chabon
Info:McSweeney's (2008), Hardcover, 200 pages
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Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon (Author)



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Great book of essays made all the more wonderful by an incredibly artistic triplicate dust jacket. ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
Chabon's essays on writing - both his and others' - shows a deep fascination with golems and comic books ( )
  bookwyrmm | Mar 30, 2017 |
We've got a kind of 'doth protest too much' thing going on here. Chabon claims to be writing simply to entertain, but his essays and novels are filled with literary allusions and philosophical stratagems. I only managed to get through two of these, though I skimmed most of the rest. I did not feel enriched, nor as if there was anything truly illuminating or even all that evocative here. I'll continue reading him, as I've loved some of his other works. But I won't expect to be pleased with every one of them. Sorry. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
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  QG | Sep 11, 2015 |
(A Short Review for a great book.) Great Read. Chabon an explorer of all genres of fiction, a great story teller, shares his map to Fictional Worlds: "It is along the knife border land between these two kingdoms, between the Empire of lies and the Republic of truth, more than any frontier on the map of existence, that Trickster makes his Wandering way, and either comes to grief or finds his supper, his treasure, his fate." 222 ( )
  Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
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The more I dive into this matter of whaling, and push my researches up to the very spring-head of it, so much the more am I impressed with its great honorableness and antiquity; and especially when I find so many great demi-gods and heroes, prophets of all sorts, who one way or other have shed distinction upon it, I am transported with the reflection that I myself belong, though but subordinately, to so emblazoned a fraternity.

— Herman Melville, on the writing of fan fiction

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Entertainment has a bad name. Serious people learn to mistrust and even to revile it. The word wears spandex, pasties, a leisure suit studded with blinking lights.
Ghost stories, mysteries, stories of terror or adventure or modern urban life- descend from the fireside tale, told with wolves in the woods all around, with winter howling at the window.   pg 132
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Collection of essays - review of books and authors, thoughts on the state of comics and graphic novels, memoir-like pseudo-fiction, etc.
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