The Wink of the Zenith

The Wink of the Zenith : The Shaping of a Writer's Life

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In his three previous memoirs, Floyd Skloot grappled with the brain-ravaging virus that struck him at forty-one. He was, as the San Francisco Chronicle noted, "shaping the experience of crippling illness into dazzling literature." Sifting through memories and observations to discover how circumstance and nature conspired to make him the writer he is, Skloot enacts in this book the very process he describes, the shaping of a writer's life. Among the influences of family and close friendship, experience and popular culture, he uncovers a unique and telling perspective on the forging of a writer's individual sensibility. At the same time, his book explores fundamental questions about how life shapes the creative spirit-and how, in turn, the writer makes sense of it all and gives life a new and meaningful shape in the form of literature.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 17.53mm | 317.51g
  • Nebraska, United States
  • English
  • 0803238452
  • 9780803238459
  • 1,956,160

Table of contents



Part One: Home Economics for Halfbacks

1. Going, Going, Gone

2. The Wink of the Zenith

3. The Summer of the Vampire

4. Cover Stories

5. Home Economics for Halfbacks

Part Two: When the Clock Stops

6. When the Clock Stops

7. Into a Maelstrom of Fire: On Having a Feeling for Thomas Hardy

8. Echo Lark

9. Numbers

10. Running After My Father

Part Three: Travels in Lavender and Light

11. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

12. The Voice of the Past

13. Shine On

14. Travels in Lavender and Light

15. Jambon Dreams

16. Flesh and Fortune: Coming Back to Measure for Measure

Epilogue: Silence the Pianos
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Review quote

"Skloot is such a fine writer that he can-and does-write about eating 'baloney and eggs' and makes it seem fascinating. Writers at any stage of their careers will treasure this volume of clean, expressive prose that delights without ever showing off."-Publishers Weekly, starred review Publishers Weekly "Skloot unravels the tangled thread of his own life story with a sense of urgency often missing from linear memoir; and in so doing, he shows us that while truth and fact may be intimately connected, meaning itself is in the telling."-Courtney Arnold, ForeWord Magazine -- Courtney Arnold ForeWord Magazine "Wise, thoughtful."-Booklist -- Deborah Donovan Booklist "Eloquent and affecting"-Harvey Freedenberg, Shelf Awareness -- Harvey Freedenberg Shelf Awareness "A book to be savored, not gulped down but tasted, essay by essay, allowing time to be amazed at how Skloot's insights beam directly into our souls."-Penny Allen, -- Penny Allen "A full-color portrait of Skloot's boyhood that rings with authenticity."-Jenny Shank, New West -- Jenny Shank New West
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About Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot is the author of five books of fiction, seven collections of poetry, a collection of essays, and three previous memoirs including In the Shadow of Memory and A World of Light, both available in Bison Books editions. He is the winner of three Pushcart Prizes, the most recent for his essay "The Voice of the Past," which appears in The Wink of the Zenith.
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3 21% (6)
2 4% (1)
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