Maps to Anywhere

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University of Georgia Press, Sep 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
The essays in Maps to Anywhere plot terrain that is at once familiar and subtly strange. Writing on subjects ranging from his family to the origin of the barbershop pole, Bernard Cooper digs into the glimmering surface of the southern California landscape, observing the collision of the American Dream with the realities of everyday life. From the fragments, he discovers landmarks by which he attempts to make sense of contemporary America.
 

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Contents

Atlantis
17
Potato Spirit
23
Live Wire
67
Sudden Extinction
73
Temple of the Holy Ghost
83
Aphorism
90
Make It Good
131
Gravitational Attraction
137
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About the author (1997)

Bernard Cooper is the author of Guess Again, A Year of Rhymes, and Truth Serum. He has won numerous awards, including an O. Henry Prize, a PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities Fellowship. He has taught at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and the UCLA Writer's Program.

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