Laurie stone my life as an animal

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My Life as an Animal: Stories by Laurie Stone

A woman meets a man and falls in love. She is sixty, a writer and lifelong New Yorker raised by garmentos. She thought this kind of thing wouldn’t happen again. He is English, so who knows what he thinks. He is fifty-six, a professor now living in Arizona, the son of a bespoke tailor. As the first of Laurie Stone’s linked stories begins, the writer contemplates what life would be like in the desert with the professor. As we learn how she became the person she is, we also come to know the artists and politics of the downtown scene of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, a cultural milieu that remains alive in her. In sharply etched prose, Stone presents a woman constantly seduced by strangers, language, the streets— even a wildlife trail. Her characters realize that they feel at home in dislocation—in always living in two places at the same time: east and west, past and present, the bed and the grave (or copper urn). Love may not last, the writer knows. Then again, when has anything you thought about the future turned out right?
 

 
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Laurie Stone at the September 2017 Sunday Salon NYC

Laurie Stone: My Life as an Animal, Stories

Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Like the author, that woman is a writer and longtime New York resident who, in the first story, meets a British professor at a Yaddo writers retreat. The stories that follow imagine life with this man in the desert, where she gardens with aloes, shops at Target, and contemplates the differences between big-city life and the thinking that shapes Sonoran dwellers. But Stone is not Betty MacDonald, squeezing humor and sympathy from tales of a city gal suddenly surrounded by yokels for the love of her man. These are gently thought-provoking stories, connected by a firm sense of place — New York, Scottsdale, and occasionally Long Beach — and by acute, emotional observations of everyday living. You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter s - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!

RSS feed. In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Laurie Stone's collection of linked short stories My Life as an Animal is sharply funny and deeply humane. The other day on Facebook someone posted a link to an a cappella version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah. Richard was in Arizona, where it had cooled down to degrees. We had to keep saying, "Can you hear me?

It engages memoir, in the sense that it is a book composed of life-events and fragments. And so there are lovely lengthy passages talking about Jewish history, Beckett, W. G Sebald, cellular biology, museums and the sculpture of David Nash. Some of the stories are long, moving gracefully between present and past lives. The stories can be read independently of the others, but the full impact comes only at the end, once all the stories have been experienced.

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A woman meets a man and falls in love. She is sixty, a writer and lifelong New Yorker raised by garmentos. He is English, so who knows what he thinks. He is fifty-six, a professor now living in Arizona, the son of a bespoke tailor. In sharply etched prose, Stone presents a woman constantly seduced by strangers, language, the streets— even a wildlife trail. Her characters realize that they feel at home in dislocation—in always living in two places at the same time: east and west, past and present, the bed and the grave or copper urn.

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  1. My Life as an Animal: Stories and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. My Life as an Animal: Stories Paperback – October 15, As the first of Laurie Stone’s linked stories begins, the writer contemplates what life would be like in the desert with the.

  2. Laurie Stone Brings My Life As An Animal to Changing Hands Phoenix Nov. 15 | Phoenix New Times

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