At Large and at Small: Familiar Essays

At Large and at Small Familiar Essays is Ebook So last week I went out for sushi with my parents I had just read the essay from this collection where Fadiman talks about being a night owl my mom i

At Large and at Small: Familiar Essays is Ebook So, last week I went out for sushi with my parents. I had just read the essay from this collection where Fadiman talks about being a night owl; my mom is a major night owl, so, thinking she'd appreciate it, I recommended the book to her. Turns out she knows Fadiman: they went to Harvard together, lived in Dunster House together, used to fly back on the same planes from Boston to where they lived in L.A. My mom wrinkled her nose as she told me this. She and Anne were not bestest buddies, apparently: "She was so pretentious," my mom said. "We had nothing at all in common." Um.1. Night owls.2. Lived in L.A.3. Went to Harvard.4. Lived in Dunster House.5. Chilled food by leaving it out on the windowsill (my mom's told me for years that she used to do this with various Sara Lee cakes, and Fadiman mentions the technique in one of her essays).6. At another time, lived in New York.7. Fathers were writers.8. Grew up to be writers.9. Bibliophiles.10. Fadiman named her daughter Susannah; my mom named her daughter...something very similar to Susannah.11. Both aware that Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy and Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln!I rest my case.As for the book—I was kind of weirded out the rest of the time I was reading it, but it was still really good. This may be because Fadiman reminds me of my mom, but if so, neither of them needs to know that.. In At Large and At Small, Anne Fadiman returns to one of her favorite genres, the familiar essay a beloved and hallowed literary tradition recognized for both its intellectual breadth and its miniaturist focus on everyday experiences With the combination of humor and erudition that has distinguished her as one of our finest essayists, Fadiman draws us into twelve of her pIn At Large and At Small, Anne Fadiman returns to one of her favorite genres, the familiar essay a beloved and hallowed literary tradition recognized for both its intellectual breadth and its miniaturist focus on everyday experiences With the combination of humor and erudition that has distinguished her as one of our finest essayists, Fadiman draws us into twelve of her personal obsessions from her slightly sinister childhood enthusiasm for catching butterflies to her monumental crush on Charles Lamb, from her wistfulness for the days of letter writing to the challenges and rewards of moving from the city to the country.Many of these essays were composed under the influence of the subject at hand Fadiman ingests a shocking amount of ice cream and divulges her passion for H agen Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip and her brother s homemade Liquid Nitrogen Kahl a Coffee recipe included she sustains a terrific caffeine buzz while recounting Balzac s coffee addiction and she stays up till dawn to write about being a night owl, examining the rhythms of our circadian clocks and sharing such insomnia cures as her father s nocturnal word games and Lewis Carroll s mathematical puzzles At Large and At Small is a brilliant and delightful collection of essays that harkens a revival of a long cherished genre.. Bestseller Kindle At Large and at Small: Familiar Essays Oh, Anne Fadiman, how I love you. Yes, you have your George, and I have my Beth, and I'll never get to know you in anything like the way I've gotten to know you from this collection of essays and your first, Ex Libris, but it doesn't matter: I love you, anyway. I love your never expressed belief in the power of a small, focused essay to cast a meaningful light on the world at large. I love your love of Nabokov and Charles Lamb and arctic explorers and coffee; I love that reading your thoughts about these things makes me feel smarter about them. I love that no matter what you're writing about—ice cream, or the flag, or moving day, or collecting butterflies—you bring a ruthless clarity to your own memories, to your own actions.Here you are recalling you and your brother as budding lepidopterists: "Caught, killed, relaxed, and spread, the butterfly was laid to rest in a Riker mount, a shallow glass-topped box filled with absorbent cotton—a sort of mass grave for soldiers who had given their lives on the battlefields of suburban Connecticut. [new paragraph:] When did we realize that this was horrible?" That's just swell. And sad.I gave away about a dozen copies of Ex Libris when it came out in paperback. Of those who actually read the book (so few of us read the books that we receive as gifts; there's already too much we want to read, and we'll be damned if we let someone else bump something of theirs to the top of the pile), all loved it to an embarrassing degree. We'd meet up and discuss fine points, leaning together conspiratorially, our voices high and heated like new lovers, and probably faintly embarrassing to behold. I expect much the same reaction when I give people copies of At Large.And fine, yes, I know your husband is a swell guy; I've even read his book The Enigma of Suicide, and found it great and awful (awful in its greatness; the subject demands it), and I understand that you're devoted to him. And you've got children, and so on and so forth.I understand all of that. But I love you, anyway. I only wish there were more of you to love. (Books, I mean.) (Obviously.)
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  1. Anne Fadiman, the daughter of Annalee Whit Jacoby Fadiman, a screenwriter and foreign correspondent, and Clifton Fadiman, an essayist and critic, was born in New York City in 1953 She graduated in 1975 from Harvard College, where she began her writing career as the undergraduate columnist at Harvard Magazine For many years, she was a writer and columnist for Life, and later an Editor at Large at Civilization She has won National Magazine Awards for both Reporting 1987 and Essays 2003 , as well as a National Book Critics Circle Award for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Ex Libris Confessions of a Common Reader, a collection of first person essays on books and reading, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1998 Fadiman was the editor of the intellectual and cultural quarterly The American Scholar from 1997 to 2004 She now holds the Francis chair in nonfiction writing at Yale Fadiman lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, the writer George Howe Colt, and their two childrencmillan author annefa

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  1. So, last week I went out for sushi with my parents I had just read the essay from this collection where Fadiman talks about being a night owl my mom is a major night owl, so, thinking she d appreciate it, I recommended the book to her Turns out she knows Fadiman they went to Harvard together, lived in Dunster House together, used to fly back on the same planes from Boston to where they lived in L.A My mom wrinkled her nose as she told me this She and Anne were not bestest buddies, apparently She [...]


  2. Oh, Anne Fadiman, how I love you Yes, you have your George, and I have my Beth, and I ll never get to know you in anything like the way I ve gotten to know you from this collection of essays and your first, Ex Libris, but it doesn t matter I love you, anyway I love your never expressed belief in the power of a small, focused essay to cast a meaningful light on the world at large I love your love of Nabokov and Charles Lamb and arctic explorers and coffee I love that reading your thoughts about t [...]


  3. Over the last several years, I must have given close to a dozen copies of Anne Fadiman s previous essay collection, Ex Libris , to various friends It s the kind of book you just have to share with others It didn t seem possible that another collection could match the perfection of the first, but this one comes pretty close.Essays in the first collection focused on topics related to books and reading the author s lifelong passion for reading shone through on every page and should resonate with an [...]


  4. Delightful Reading this was like listening to a well educated friend tell stories personal tales infused with interesting facts and history Fadiman has succeeded in making me want to read collections of familiar essays.


  5. Essays are a difficult genre so easy to do badly I am not sure when I got hooked on them, but think I have to credit EB White of the New Yorker Struck White Charlotte s Web White is one of the few who cannot write a bad sentence, even when he can write an essay I don t care about Anne Fadiman, daughter of Clifton, is a scholarly writer who tangle erudition with homely reflections topics like ice cream, coffee addiction, moving with a comfortable and easy hand I particularly liked the piece on Vi [...]



  6. This has to have been one of the most unexpectedly pleasurable and edifying reads I ve experienced in a long while Not a fan of short stories or essays, I was put off reading this book, which was described as a series of familiar essays in the style of Charles Lamb I therefore allowed this edition to languish on my bedside cabinet far too long When I eventually picked it up I was swept away by it Anne Fadiman has a brand new no 1 fan , though I promise, I won t be taking a sledgehammer to her an [...]


  7. I feel really outnumbered because so many readers gave this book 4 or 5 stars, but I just didn t like this book as well as I thought I would Fadiman is a great writer, no question But she s almost too intellectual for my taste Or maybe it was just that the tone was often so formal I did like some of the essays very much, but I had to make myself read some of the others because they just seemed so academic I understand that the author did a lot of research and it shows, but maybe I would have lik [...]



  8. This really is a very belated review I ve read almost every essay in this book, some of them Collecting Nature, Unfuzzy Lamb, Ice Cream, Night Owl, Mail, Coffee several times, over the course of the last eight years but somehow never considered the book read So I decided to bite off those last two holdout essays, Procrustes and the Culture Wars, and Coleridge The Runaway, and make it official.I love this book from its dust jacket and decorated end papers to it s format, writing, and ideas The fa [...]


  9. I struggled with whether to give this 4 or 5 stars because it s not my favorite Anne Fadiman book _Ex Libris_ was so funny and endearing and _The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down_ was so fascinating and relevant to my interests , but it s still extremely well written, interesting, educational and funny I may have said it before, but essays are one of my favorite genres tied for first with British children s novels I just get a lot out of the mix of anecdote nonfiction opinion s I tend to fin [...]



  10. I love Anne Fadiman s writing, and to anyone who reads this, you should, too Just when the world is getting too depressing for words enough with the wars and politics , along comes this wonderful book of familiar essays you know, as opposed to the unfamiliar ones , covering topics as varied as Charles Lamb The Unfuzzy Lamb , the author and her brother s childhood museum of scientific and bizarre curiosities Collecting Nature , ice cream of the same name , and moving ditto All are written in the [...]


  11. I am a big fan of Fadiman s as well as her husband, George Howe Colt, and yet I have not been as enthused regarding both of their latest products At Large and at Small for her, Brothers for him as I was with their earlier offerings Reading Fadiman is always a pleasure since she is a real writer, someone who thoughtfully ponders each sentence she crafts, and who employs erudite language without sounding pretentious In fact, it s refreshing to find words like purl, febrile , and mendacious afoot i [...]



  12. I m two essays in, in truth, but I think this is the book I ve been looking for I met Anne Fadiman a couple of weeks ago, remembered I had her A LIBRIS at home and had never read it, and picked this up in a bookstore a real one, or it seemed real as a companion piece When the student is ready the teacher appears, as some Chinese proverb says, or they appear if you ve done the reading Whatever I have been writing some essays recently, and as I read Fadiman s essays on a childhood natural history [...]


  13. I devoured this book in about three bites I m sorry that it s over but I m happy to report that it has opened up many new avenues of study for me My favorite sentence What hashish was to Baudelaire, opium to Coleridge, cocaine to Robert Louis Stevenson, nitrous oxide to Robert Southey, mescaline to Aldous Huxley, and Benzedrine to Jack Kerouac, caffeine was to Balzac If you get a copy of this from the Monroe County public library, look for the one with the coffee stain that somehow made its way [...]


  14. A good essayist is hard to find While I preferred Fadiman s earlier collection, Ex Libris, I certainly enjoyed this one as well The essays in this book, ranging from musings on coffee to mini biographies of writers who have inspired Fadiman, are little jewels, some precious than others Fadiman is at times a little too enad of her Wonderful Life and Family This is a book I ll likely pick up again in a year or two Fadiman s style is well worth emulating.


  15. This may be like a 3.5, since I m given to quibbling All in all, a very pleasant read After chapters and chapters on comparatively lighter topics e.g coffee addiction yay , ice cream philia, butterfly collecting , the last chapter feels like being punched in the stomach or having a piano dropped on your head it was unexpected , but its confessional tone made it one of best in the book.


  16. Fadiman is such a lovely writer If you prefer your friends brainy, humorous, and occasionally dirty minded, you could have no better company than this charming book of essays exploring the familiar small and sometimes big parts of life And when you finish this one, be sure to pick up her other two equally wonderful books.


  17. A good collection of essays on topics that vary from ice cream to why we should read A serious collection than found in her other title, Ex Libris, but still enjoyable.








  18. The familiar essays in here range from boring to shockingly captivating Most of the boring ones can be ruled out in the titles The two essays on food ice cream and coffee seemed like a way for the author to pass her own boredom, and none of the research contained within could summon anything greater than a yawn from me.What shocked me was how much I found some of the other essays enjoyable The ones surest to be the driest, or so I thought, were the ones about historical writers, for whom Fadiman [...]


  19. At Large and At Small 07182009 Familiar Essays by Anne FadimanBy Raya Madison lifelong lit lover NY USA See all my reviewsThis review is from At Large and At Small Familiar Essays Hardcover Really, it will In this collection of essays available separately in other venues, but nestled together with great mutual congeniality in this book , Fadiman begins with her own confessed interests and obsessions Charles Lamb and Coleridge, ice cream and coffee, arctic exploration and mail delivery, mounting [...]


  20. In the fall of 1998 I finally gave in and signed up for e mail I had resisted for a long time My husband and I were proud of our retrograde status Not only did we lack a modem, but we didn t own a car, a microwave, a Cuisinart, an electric can opener, a CD player, or a cell phone It s hard to give up that sort of backward image I worried that our friends wouldn t have enough to make fun of Anne Fadiman, specialist in the personal essay, turns her hand to a number of large and philosophical topic [...]


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