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See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary by [Moore, Lorrie]
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''A marvelous collection. . . . [Moore's] chief virtue as a critic is shown to be a sympathetic, generous eye, which enables Moore to reveal the unique appeal of any given work. . . . This book provides ample insight into Moore's inner life; it is certainly a boon to any lover of smart cultural criticism.'' --Publishers Weekly

''[Moore is] an astute, sympathetic reader. . . . Deft, graceful essays from a sharply incisive writer.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''This collection of 60 lucid and erudite cultural essays by the award-winning fiction writer is a treasure.'' --BBC.com

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When in 1999 I began writing for The New York Review of Books ... my stance became that of the ingenuous Martian who had just landed on a gorgeous alien planet ... Montaigne's que sais-je. A little light, a little wonder, some skepticism, some awe, some squinting, some je ne sais quoi. Pick a thing up, study it, shake it, skip it across a still surface to see how much felt and lively life got baked into it. Does it sail? Observe. See what can be done.

Lorrie Moore has been writing criticism for over thirty years, and her forensically intelligent, witty, and engaging essays are collected together here for the first time. Whether writing on Titanic, Margaret Atwood, or The Wire, her pieces always offer elegant and surprising insights into multiple forms of art. Crucially, Moore is a practitioner who writes criticism; her discussion of other people's work is based on her understanding of what it really takes to make something out of nothing: of what it takes to make art. This lends her encounters with books, films, and paintings the uniquely intimate quality which has made them so immensely popular with readers.

In sparkling, articulate prose - studded with frequently hilarious insights - Moore's meditations are a rare opportunity to witness a brilliant mind thinking things through and figuring things out on the page.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (1 May 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0792M2J2T
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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