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Indentations and Other Stories - Joe Schall

Indentations and Other Stories

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1990
ISBN: 9780814779170
Number Of Pages: 182

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"Indentation and Other Stories" is a collection of nine stories ranging from the wildly funny and idiosyncratic to the downright bizarre. The title story features a pathological dentist who seeks a quirky catharsis by decorating his apartment in hygienic dental paraphernalia. Other tales frolic through the lives of characters who border on the delightfully absurd: a woman, after going through menopause, struggles to recreate her menstrual periods by altering her diet; a former New York street reporter, fired because of his "ideals," aspires to become a credible street person and decides, tentatively, to have a religious experience; an English major turned psychologist writes a pseudoscientific "article"--complete with footnotes and a University of New Jersey cover letter--which argues, by example, for the use of figurative language in scientific journal writing. Other stories are more humanizing: "The Perils of Asthma" is a sympathetic lok at a twelve-year-old boy struggling to grow up amidst his perplexing asthma, his eccentric Catholic parents, and his mystifying quasi-erections. All of the stories are grounded in the allure of language, the luxuriance of detail, and the celebration of human compulsion and obsession.

"The Gentlemen and the Roughs" is an interesting book, carefully researched and covering an area of the Civil War that has been virtually ignored."-J.W. Thacker, " The Daily News-Bowling Green Kentucky" "Foote's monograph is complex and well written, and focuses the lens of gender and manhood studies on the Civil War North . . . Manditory reading for any scholar of 19th-century masculinity."-A.R. Todd, "Choice Magazine" "Foote reveals as much about the nature of the army and daily regimental life as she does about the competing concepts of manhood . . . This is a refreshing book that offers new ways of looking at the Union army, which overcame more than just the ineffectiveness of its generals and the skill of its Confederate opponents in order to preserve the nation intact." -Judkin Browning, "H-Net Reviews" "Lorein Foote's study of conflict in the Union army makes an insightful contribution to our understanding of the military experience of the common soldier"-Keith P. Wilson, "Journal of American History" "Lorien Foote in The Gentlemen and the Roughs provides a fascinating perspective on the pervasive issues of manhood and honor that served to undermine the cohesion of the Union army . . . Her research, which looks at the social history of military relationships, is invaluable to broadening our overall undertanding of the American Civil War."-Ryan Keating, "Register of the Kentucky Historical Society"

ISBN: 9780814779170
ISBN-10: 0814779174
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 182
Published: 1st December 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.41