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The Resource Indigo : arm wrestling, snake saving, and some things in between, Padgett Powell

Indigo : arm wrestling, snake saving, and some things in between, Padgett Powell

Label
Indigo : arm wrestling, snake saving, and some things in between
Title
Indigo
Title remainder
arm wrestling, snake saving, and some things in between
Statement of responsibility
Padgett Powell
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Gathering pieces written during the past three decades, Indigo ranges widely in subject matter and tone, opening with "Cleve Dean," which takes Padgett Powell to Sweden for the World Armwrestling Federation Championships, through to its closing title piece, which charts Powell's lifelong fascination with the endangered indigo snake, "a thinking snake," and his obsession with seeing one in the wild. "Some things in between" include an autobiographical piece about growing up in the segregated and newly integrated South and tributes to writers Powell has known, among them Donald Barthelme, who "changed the aesthetic of short fiction in America for the second half of the twentieth century," and Peter Taylor, who briefly lived in Gainesville, Florida, where Powell taught for thirty-five years. There are also homages to other admired writers: Flannery O'Connor, "the goddesshead"; Denis Johnson, with his "hard honest comedy"; and William Trevor, whose Collected Stories provides "the most literary bang for the buck in the English world." A throughline in many of the pieces is the American South--the college teacher who introduced Powell to Faulkner; the city of New Orleans, which "can render the improbable possible"; and the seductions of gumbo, sometimes cooked with squirrel meat. Also here is an elegy for Spode, Powell's beloved pit bull: "I had a dog not afraid, it gave me great cheer and blustery vicarious happiness." In addressing the craft of fiction, Powell ventures that "writing is controlled whimsy." His idiosyncratic playfulness brings this collection to vivid life, while his boundless curiosity and respect for the truth keep it on course. As Pete Dexter writes in his foreword to Indigo, "He is still the best, even if not the best-known, writer of his generation."
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Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
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11021803
Cataloging source
YDX
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Powell, Padgett
Dewey number
814/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3566.O8328
LC item number
I53 2021
Literary form
essays
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1943-
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Dexter, Pete
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True
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Powell, Padgett
Target audience
adult
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arm wrestling, snake saving, and some things in between
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Label
Indigo : arm wrestling, snake saving, and some things in between, Padgett Powell
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Flannery O'Conner
  • Grace Paley
  • Lena Padgett, Nan Morrison
  • Denis Johnson
  • Spode
  • New Orleans
  • Bermuda
  • Gumbo
  • Squirrel
  • William Trevor
  • Foreword
  • Peter Taylor
  • Saving the indigo
  • by Pete Dexter
  • Cleve Dean
  • Hitting back
  • Juan Perez
  • C. Ford Riley
  • Bill Wegman
  • Don Barthelme
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xxxiii, 233 pages
Isbn
9781646220052
Lccn
2020932500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1181834230
  • (OCoLC)1181834230
Label
Indigo : arm wrestling, snake saving, and some things in between, Padgett Powell
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Flannery O'Conner
  • Grace Paley
  • Lena Padgett, Nan Morrison
  • Denis Johnson
  • Spode
  • New Orleans
  • Bermuda
  • Gumbo
  • Squirrel
  • William Trevor
  • Foreword
  • Peter Taylor
  • Saving the indigo
  • by Pete Dexter
  • Cleve Dean
  • Hitting back
  • Juan Perez
  • C. Ford Riley
  • Bill Wegman
  • Don Barthelme
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xxxiii, 233 pages
Isbn
9781646220052
Lccn
2020932500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1181834230
  • (OCoLC)1181834230

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