Nearer

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Lyrical, witty, and elegiac, Nearer’s 25 essays show the imagination at work and play amid the ambiguities, consternations, and beauties of the world.

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Published 10 February 2006
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N E A R E R
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NEARER ARTHUR SALTZMAN
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Praise for Artur Saltzman’s O  E (2001)
“Eac piece coalesces to reveal a keen mind in love wit words. . . . Many of tese essays deploy riskily mellifluous language; tey all ring personal, fervent and true.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“Saltzman’s prose is pity, allusive, elegant. . . . In stylistic virtuosity, [e] comes peraps closest to Updike.” —Modern Language Review
“hese essays marry te celebration of language wit acuity. . . . he col-lection is, like te work Saltzman esteems most, risky, adventurous, in-quisitive, and callenging.” —Hyde Park Review of Books
Lyrical, witty, and elegiac, te twenty-five essays inNte sow imagination at work and play amid te ambiguities, consternations, and beauties of te world. hey range in subject matter from confrontations wit magnitude (God, deat, and te pysical universe) to examinations of te compact, coiled insistences to be found in te ordinary and te lo-cal—wat Jon Updike refers to as “te small answer of a texture.” here are meditations on te appeals and te pitfalls of celebrity, te strange and complex nature of memorials, te treat of creeping fraudulence in personal and professional life, te place and possibility of fait, and te damage tat settling for “watever” can do. “Getting Known,” “My Ani-mal Instincts,” and “In So Many Words” ave been named Notable Essays in te Best American Essays series.
In addition toN, Artur Saltzman’s previous books include te col-lection of essays O  E (2001, winner of te First Series Creative Nonfiction Award) and six critical studies of literature and writ-ers. Recognitions for is writing include te 2005 Columbia Nonfiction Award, te 2003 Victor J. Emmett Memorial Essay Award (from M Q), te 2002 N R Creative Nonfiction Award, and te inaugural Ames Memorial Essay Award (from L L). He is currently a Professor of Englis at Missouri Soutern State University.
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Nearer
Essays
Artur SaltZman
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
SaltZman, Artur M. (Artur Micael), 1953- Nearer : essays / Artur SaltZman.  p. cm.  ISBN 1-932559-73-6 (acid-free paper) -- ISBN 1-932559-72-8 (pbk. : acid-free paper) -- ISBN 1-932559-74-4 (Adobe eBook)  I. Title.  AC8.S225 2006  081--dc22  2006002762
Printed on acid-free paper. Cover and book design by David Blakesley Cover potograp: “Hubble’s Sarpest View of te Orion Nebula.” NASA,ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and te Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team
Parlor Press, LLC is an independent publiser of scolarly and trade titles in print and multimedia formats. Tis book is available in paperback, clot and Adobe eBook formats from Parlor Press on te WWW at ttp://www.parlorpress.com. For submission in-formation or to find out about Parlor Press publications, write to Parlor Press, 816 Robinson St., West Lafayette, Indiana, 47906, or e-mail editor@parlorpress.com.
For Joy and te searc for te tird ting
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Contents
Standing on Fishes3 Impostors14 Nearer30 Chosen People48 The Porlock Principle61 Model Behavior70 The Cast of Characters86 Some OneonOne100 Memorial Haul112 A Few Paces from Hemingway141 Don’t Breathe a Word148 Savages166 Cast Irony173 Prosthetic Devices183 Excerpts from the Vertical File196 The Orders of Magnitude210 Inadmissible Evidence230 Waiting for Takeoff244 Shelf Life255 Trash Talking267 Getting Known288 Mistake and Identity304
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Contents My Animal Instincts314 Something Like a Particle, Something Like a Wave330 In So Many Words341 Acknowledgments355
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