Ultrasonic

Ultrasonic Ultrasonic is a brilliant and disarming collection of linked essays that explore how sound can be used to search for deeper meaning beneath the surface of everyday life Beginning with his Best Am

  • Title: Ultrasonic
  • Author: Steven Church
  • ISBN: 9781935084709
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ultrasonic is a brilliant and disarming collection of linked essays that explore how sound can be used to search for deeper meaning beneath the surface of everyday life Beginning with his 2011 Best American Essay, Auscultation, a piece that is now taught in high schools across the country, Steven Church takes the reader on an associative journey into questions of idenUltrasonic is a brilliant and disarming collection of linked essays that explore how sound can be used to search for deeper meaning beneath the surface of everyday life Beginning with his 2011 Best American Essay, Auscultation, a piece that is now taught in high schools across the country, Steven Church takes the reader on an associative journey into questions of identity, family, fear, loss, and the politics of space With a trademark relentless curiosity reminiscent of David Shields, Matthew Gavin Frank or Ander Monson, and the stylistic gymnastics of Lia Purpura, Bernard Cooper or Maggie Nelson, the book explores the emotionally resonant experiences of witnessing a drowning, losing a sibling in a car accident, and raising a young daughter But Ultrasonic is also a book about the mysteries and wonder of language, a book that considers the various meanings of words like, dither, sounding, or loitering Even the seemingly mundane word pairing, crown and shoulder become, for Church, touchstones for an idiosyncratic meditation on the death of his brother in car accident and the way such losses return in our present lives At every turn, Ultrasonic dares us to think deeply about each other and about the world around us How many times do we see a, No Loitering, sign and think nothing of it Church thinks everything about it, using the sign as a way to consider the politics of public liminal spaces and the ways we attempt to criminalize or marginalize those who inhabit such spaces More than one reader has compared Church s exploration of the everyday and his confronting of himself on the page to the work of Montaigne and it s true that a stethoscope may never look the same to you again after reading Ultrasonic, but Church is also a mischievous and humorous writer who isn t afraid to imagine what Elvis Presley s last racquetball game might have been like or how he might respond to the ever present police helicopters in his neighborhood Like Eula Biss s Notes from No Man s Land or Leslie Jamison s Empathy Exams, Ultrasonic moves in layers and circles of association or juxtaposition, where the meaning accretes as the reader progresses and doubles back over ideas and images With equal parts tenderness and rage, each chapter operates both as an independent essay and as an echo chamber for the larger ideas, gazing at our human predicament through such eccentric and varied lenses as trapped miners, stethoscopes, racquetball, language, loitering, violence, Elvis, and the music of torture The result is, among other things, one of the oddest and loveliest mediations on parenthood, you ll ever read.

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    1. FYI: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review on here.Okay, so I guess i should also put in that i focused in creative nonfiction in graduate school, and Steven Church came and gave a guest workshop one weekend in one of my classes. So I actually read the essay in here, "Auscultation," as part of that workshop a couple years back. At the time, i remember thinking to myself that the structural conceit was fantastic, and that i wished i had thought of such [...]

    2. A fantastic collection of essays about so much more than sound - fatherhood, birth, Elvis, loss, death, grief. Formally, this collection takes risks, with essays moving in ways other collections wouldn't dare. And the risks work.

    3. Church never fails to engage and challenge the reader, and this book does not disappoint. It's wry, bizarre, heart wrenching and intelligent. Flex your brain and read this book.

    4. I came to this book after attending one of Church's panels at the Boston AWP conference, then asking him to be part of an anthology I was co-editing. I had only read the lead essay and 2011 Best American Essay winner, "Auscultation," prior to starting this collection, and I'm happy to say the book only gets better and more weirdly intellectual from there. This is a book of sound. Of definitions and word history pinging at us like the trapped miners in "Auscultation" tapping (or not tapping) from [...]

    5. This collection of essays by Steven Church, founding editor of The Normal School literary magazine, is badass. Read it, and weep.

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