Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture #2019

Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture Larry Woiwode Words Made Fresh Essays on Literature and Culture Larry Woiwode is a writer of writers a real American hero and his prose leads us to delight in the written word in a fresh way Through the mediums of literary analysis cultural reflection and person

  • Title: Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture
  • Author: Larry Woiwode
  • ISBN: 9781433527401
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture Larry Woiwode Larry Woiwode is a writer of writers a real American hero and his prose leads us to delight in the written word in a fresh way Through the mediums of literary analysis, cultural reflection, and personal memory, these ten essays trace Woiwode s work and thought on such topics as the redemptive fiction of John Gardner, the ownership of guns, the faith of William ShakespeaLarry Woiwode is a writer of writers a real American hero and his prose leads us to delight in the written word in a fresh way Through the mediums of literary analysis, cultural reflection, and personal memory, these ten essays trace Woiwode s work and thought on such topics as the redemptive fiction of John Gardner, the ownership of guns, the faith of William Shakespeare, and even the difference in news as reported by CNN versus Bob Dylan.Each essay here seems a kind of heirloom, important and timeless, a real window into the soul of American culture and its literary figures These words give us a place in which to find rest, and a clarity and depth of understanding regarding today s trends from a man well acquainted with the wounds and gifts of this world Woiwode offers us a collection of insightful and provocative commentaries that are certain to produce a marked upwelling of joy as we revel in his mastery of language and stimulating observations of both literature and culture An absorbing work to read and reread.
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    1. Essays aren t usually my preference, except for those centering on the Civil War or other special interests of mine This slim volume by Woiwode is eclectic It ranges from his reaction to killing a wounded deer to his Evangelical Christian faith to literary criticism, the lack of God in public schools, Dylan and CNN, which he calls Chicken Noodle Network, and Shakespeare s Faith Still, I found it somewhat enjoyable Woiwode is an excellent writer, cogent and often engaging.I downrated it from 4 st [...]

    2. Author Larry WoiwodeTitle Words Made Flesh Essays on Literature CultureDescription Larry Woiwode, the poet laureate of North Dakota, presents ten republished essays on Christianity, literature, and culture featuring John Updike, William Shakespeare, Bob Dylan, and John GardnerC source Library Thing Early ReviewersWriting style I enjoyed Woiwode s conversational style and his unabashed defense of Christian belief as his standard The conversation often strayed, however, and the essay ended up disc [...]

    3. In the essay collection Words Made Fresh Essays on Literature and Culture, Woiwode explores what it means to be a writer and a Christian What is the writer s responsibility to his audience What is the writer s responsibility to God He expresses impatience with what is often found in Christian fiction overly sanitized stories, calculated not to offend These fail to tell the truth, which he believes makes them even offensive.But Woiwode also understands the difficulties Christian artists face He [...]

    4. Disappointing I like essays, and I like essays that mix spirituality with culture, so Larry Woiwode s new book seemed to be perfect for me Indeed, the first essay about his experience of killing a wounded deer, segueing into reflections on gun ownership was beautifully written, and promised goodies to come But none of the following essays mostly literary criticism heavily interspersed with Woiwode s religious and cultural biases were interesting enough, or well written enough, to keep my attent [...]

    5. I won Words Made Fresh Essays on Literature and Culture by Larry Woiwode as a first reads through LibraryThing I admire and enjoy Woiwode s writing you may remember his fiction, Beyond the Bedroom Wall A Family Album from a few years ago or at least the movie that was made from it And this book was no exception.It is impossible in a brief review to even begin to do justice to his essays, some of which I found interesting than others but all of which shone with his precise and beautiful use of l [...]

    6. Words Made Fresh Essays on Literature and Culture by Larry Woiwode is billed as being an interesting collection of essays that will study the words and places which effect our cultural, spiritual and literary lives I personally do not share the religious worldview of Woiwode but I am always open to reading a collection about what effects our cultural, spiritual and literary lives I was somewhat disappointed with the collection and it has nothing to do with his consistent repetition of the questi [...]

    7. It s only fair to start by saying that I don t share Mr Woiwode s Christian world view That being said, it s always a pleasure to read an intelligent, passionate writer, even if I don t always agree with him Which was the case with Words Made Fresh There are certainly places of common ground Even in the essays in this slender volume where Mr Woiwode and I disagree, it s clear that he has a strong intellect and argues his case well However, as with anyone who feels passionately about a specific p [...]

    8. Words And PlacesLarry Woiwode b 1941 is well known for his novels and memoirs He resides in North Dakota where he is the state Poet Laureate, and he teaches at Jamestown College Several years ago, I read what probably remains Woiwode s best work, his 1975 novel, Beyond the Bedroom Wall My memories of that book, however, would not have prompted me to read Woiwode s new collection of essays, Words made Fresh Instead, the short descriptive note accompanying the Vine offering of the title indicated [...]

    9. Engaging collection of essays from a fine writer Woiwode tackles guns, Wendell Berry, education, and literature, among other things I found the first several essays paled in comparison to the later ones sis generally cultural pieces come across as the considered opinions of a cultured man his essays on literature and literary figures have the stamp of authority Woiwode is at his best in the field of American literature, and his writings on Gardner and Updike were tremendously helpful I can t im [...]

    10. I tend to think of myself as well read, and above average intelligence No comments, please This collection of ten eclectic essays ranging from Bob Dylan to William Shakespeare, from public education to John Updike, and reinforced how little I know about some issues and people who impact our lives and our culture.

    11. Brilliant writing in essay form The final essay on Shakespeare is worth the price of the book alone as Woiwode rescues WS from the preening egos in the academy and returns WS and his works to us that we may enjoy them in all their delicious, artful beauty.

    12. This is a great collection of essays with topics ranging from gun control, Wendell Berry, John Updike, and Shakespeare Well written and thoughtful, these articles are good for reading short selections when you have the time.

    13. Collection of essays by a great writer The writing overall is superb but the content is uneven Hard to determine why these particular essays were included in this volume Essays on John Updike, Wendell Berry, and Shakespeare stand out.

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