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read State by State epub ☆ Hardcover é matt weiland × ❴Reading❵ ➷ State by State Author Matt Weiland – “A funny moving rousing collection greater than the sum of its excellent parts”—New York Times Book Review Edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey State by StaAnd Washington DC by fifty one of the most acclaimed writers in the nation  Contributors include renowned and bestselling authors such as Louise Erdrich Jonathan Franzen Ann Patchett Anthony Bourdain William T Vollmann SE Hinton Dave Eggers Myla Goldberg Ric A predictably mixed bag such is always the case with multiple author collections like this based on an outstanding concept State by State A Panoramic Portrait of America provides 50 state essays think micro versions of the WPA guides from 50 authors plus a tacked on and boring conversation with Edward P Jones about Washington DCSome are breathtaking homages to states that perhaps don't get the attention they deserve Anthony Doerr's phenomenal essay on Idaho perhaps the best in the entire collection brings in not only the state's history but his history with it as well Jayne Anne Phillips an author I've not read but will soon gives a similarly stellar treatment of her home state West Virginia I admire the fact that the editors attempted to bring in a varied collection of authors some familiar with the state about which they were writing some not but I think the book succeeds the most when like Doerr and Phillips the author has a personal connectionWhen they don't the results tend to be disastrous Said Sayrafiezadeh reprehensible remarks on South Dakota these amount to I'm from the Lower East Side of Manhattan with annoying dietary restrictions a stick up my ass and no knowledge of the state I am visiting detract from the few out of state authors who are actually able to pull off thoughtful essays But New York unfortunately hovers over far too much of this book the Contributors' Notes list a staggering 15 15 authors living in the Empire State and perhaps whose residences aren't listed Maybe only one or two would've sufficed editors this may come as a shock but much of the country isn't particularly interested in how New Yorkers picturedescribe the places they call home Predictably the one essay actually about New York Jonathan Franzen's mock interview thing is kind of irritating and forgettableBut these are complaints about a book I generally found to be uite enjoyable It also serves as a handy reference for state facts want to know the state bird of Arizona The year that Washington was admitted to the union and read pretty uickly for its considerable page count I was a little disappointed that the two states I cared most to read Pennsylvania and Colorado were a little underwhelming and so I was relieved to see that states I cared about but to a lesser degree Ohio the aforementioned West Virginia were so interesting and memorableRecommended but with a few reservations

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K Moody and Alexander Payne  Inspired by the Depression era WPA guides and awarded an “A” grade by Entertainment Weekly these delightful essays on the American character deliver “the full plumage of American life in all its riotous glory” The New York Definitely a mixed bag as you can expect from an essay collection formed from the do whatever you want direction but the concept and high points make the whole thing just awesome

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State by State“A funny moving rousing collection greater than the sum of its excellent parts” New York Times Book Review Edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey State by State is a panoramic portrait of America and an appreciation of all State by MOBI #8608 fifty states State By State editors Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey had a neat idea here Inspired by the state guides produced by the Federal Writers Project in the 1930s Weiland and Wilsey set out to mimic that behemoth venture on a much smaller scale giving 51 Washington DC rightly gets a chapter different writers the opportunity to describe their personal experiences of a particular stateThe first thing that you need to know is that this isn't a travelogue in any real sense Most of the authors here are striving to describe a sense of place to give context to what each state means to them on a personal level There are descriptions of geography to be found of course but the real landscape traveled here is of the mind and psyche as the authors mine impressions and memories of past and presentAs you might expect with 51 different authors the results are very much hit and miss Some of the writing is exceptional a good portion is average and some is just downright confounding The language in some of the sections can be coarse and the chapter on California has a sexually explicit scene described in graphic detail so this certainly isn't a book for youngsters It took me a long time to read this book I found it difficult to digest than one or two states per day Part of my sloth like pace was due to the personal nature of the memoirs presented here I found it necessary to let the information soak in slowly so that I could get the full set of impressions that each author wanted to convey Sometimes as with the aforementioned section on California I just needed extra time to scratch my head and wonder what were they thinking I found some of the immigrant stories to be particularly powerful but some of the others like my home state of Texas for example would have benefited by being written by a nativeI'll give editor Sean Wilsey bonus points for his introduction He recounts stopping by my adopted hometown of Lockhart Texas for some introspection and barbecue and I can appreciate a man who likes to hit the backroads for some perspective and good eatin' His book is physically handsome and a challenging read Not bad but it could have been betterCODA This is another one of my older reviews that I brought out and dusted off in my effort to better chronicle the totality of my reading experiences through the years I ended up keeping this volume around for a few years then purging it when it came time to clear off some bookshelf space back when we were living smaller I remember it being a handsome book nice aesthetics I also remember it being a kind of frustrating journey The California chapter in particular sticks in my mind I had no problem with the explicitness of the visit to an SM club My problem stemmed from the fact that the author seemed fixated on the performance aspect of what he was seeing rather than trying to determine what was special about the scenes themselves or the people who acted them out The piece left me feeling like it was superficial never really digging down deep into the phenomenon of SM and certainly failing to cash in on how it related to the larger state of California It was snappy hip writing tasty in parts but as a reader I was kinda left with the empty wrapper afterwards I’d probably pick up this book again if I found it in a bargain bin or a library sale somewhere It might be fun to revisit some of the articles and see how time has changed my impression of them But I wouldn’t pay full price for the gigand that about sums up how I feel about the book as a wholeCODA v 20 The bit about Lockhart barbecue is the real deal by the way We are indeed the Barbecue Capital of Texas as described