characters Avoid the Day 107

characters Avoid the Day

characters Avoid the Day 107 à Avoid the Day truly seems to me to push nonfiction memoir as far as it can go without it collapsing into a singularity and I am at a loss for words You are just going to have to read it –Helen Macdonald author of H is for HawkA surreal high wire act of narrative nonfiction that redefines the genre Avoid the Day is part detectivAvoid the Day truly seems to me to push nonfiction memoir as far as it can go without it collapsing into a singularity and I am at a loss for words You are just going to have to read it –Helen Macdonald author of H is for HawkA surreal high wire act of narrative nonfiction that redefines the genre Avoid the Day is part detective story part memoir and part meditation on the meaning of life all told with a dark pulse of existential horror What emerges is an unforgettable study of mortality and the artist’s journeySeeking to answer the mystery of a missing manuscript by Béla Bartók and using the i. Avoid The Day is the first book I've read since DFW's Infinite Jest that sets off all the brain bells and reality charred coal whistles Lose all sense of time and space in this intra tropal labyrinthBéla Bartók was obsessed with hunting down rare gypsy music in the hills of Eastern Europe In one scene of this existential detective story retracing Bartók's hunt leaves the narrator's perception merging with an uncertain past in a remote outhouse to the distant off key screaming of a tone deaf woman's one stringed violin A painting inspired by this unforgettable passage in the textAnd before we even get to the second movement of this utterly bizarre genre bending work of narrative non fictionTime and selves collapse through each other arriving as compound experiences in a way that is instantly recognizable as a signature uality of classic Jay Kirk phenomenology I believe Whitman and his Sleepers would have bitterly envied this facet of symbolic incorporation It's a uality of Kirk's writing that I very much adore And now you can adore it too Get the book hereDownload freeprintable bookmarks to go with the text here

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Near psychotic episode under the spell of Bartók the author suddenly finds himself on a posh eco tourist cruise in the Arctic There accompanied by an old friend now a documentary filmmaker the two decide to scrap the documentary and make a horror flick instead shot under the noses of the unsuspecting passengers and crew Playing one of the main characters who finds himself inexplicably trapped on a ship at the literal end of the world alone and under the influence of the midnight sun Kirk gets lost in his own cerebral maze struggling to answer his most plaguing uestion can we find meaning in experien. Gonzo journalism about Bartok A drug addled Vice Magazine proposal The Bell Jar and Prozac Nation for dudes who dropped out of their PhD programs A profound book length cry for helpInto the mythology tangent And the Philly connections

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Avoid the DayNvestigation to avoid his father’s deathbed award winning magazine writer Jay Kirk heads off to Transylvania going to the same villages where the “Master” like a vampire in search of fresh plasma had found his new material in the folk music of the peasants With these stolen songs Bartók redefined music in the 20th Century Kirk who is also seeking to renew his writing finds inspiration in the composer’s unorthodox methods but begins to lose his tether as he sees himself in Bartók’s darkest and most personal work the Cantata Profana which revolves around the curse of fathers and sonsAfter a. I totally love this book Kirk interweaves worlds that most writers wouldn’t attempt to combine and the intricacy and precision of the weave is astounding He’s a maestro of dizzying capacity and he knows how to march you headlong into the existential void of your own buried dread But the writing is so maddeningly good the journey is somehow still so enjoyable Amazing Read it