Maps and Legends
One might say that the true inspirer of Michael Chabon's first book of essays was the anonymous clerical worker whose thankless job it was to name Columbia, Maryland's, 1,000 planned avenues and streets. As a child, Chabon had mused over the city map with its romantic names (Cloudleap Court,... show more
One might say that the true inspirer of Michael Chabon's first book of essays was the anonymous clerical worker whose thankless job it was to name Columbia, Maryland's, 1,000 planned avenues and streets. As a child, Chabon had mused over the city map with its romantic names (Cloudleap Court, Newgrange Garth, Spiral Cut), much as his imagination roamed freely through the mythical realms of Tolkien. In Maps and Legends, Chabon ventures again through open portals that project us into magical kingdoms that not even Disney could have conjured.
Publish date: December 20th 2011
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
Pages no: 226
Edition language: English
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Entertaining--if rather slight--essays. I enjoyed the book most when it was digging into Chabon's own past and writing process and least when it focused on literary criticism. (The one on his childhood in Columbia, MD, probably stuck in my mind the most, since I've spent a lot of time there.) Worth ...
Chabon is an interesting character -- a terrific writer, lover of genre fiction, golem-maker, wearer of Superman capes, astute literary critic and humorist. It's all here. This is a wonderful collection of essays, some critical, some autobiographical, poking around in the corners of the overstuff...
In the course of reading Michael Chabon's book of essays Maps and Legends I stopped at some point to catch the movie Superman on television. I had been trying to figure out some expression or metaphor, some manner of expressing the awe that his writings struck in me when Lex Luthor handed me the key...
Pulitzer-prize winning Michael Chabon speaks to me and for me in this book of essays on writing. Chabon believes that fiction, specifically short fiction, has lost its power because of the limitations placed upon it by critics and other literary types, who turn up their noses at anything that smells...
This is a collection of essays tracing the influences on Chabon's writing and some of the reasons he writes. All of them are interesting to varying degrees. The following notes are about the essays that aroused my particular interest but the entire volume is recommended for Chabon fans (of whom I'm ...