Literary Nonfiction. Set in Thomas Farber's Berkeley cottage, BRIEF NUDITY's nonfiction narratives move across three decades, appraising the meaning of both home and the impulse to put one's house in order. Taking the measure of aging, desire, and memory in an inevitably finite life for and by art, Brief Nudity also illuminates the very human effort to devine—or deny—one's true story. "Philip Larkin wrote of the moment in life when our 'innate assumptions' and daily habits 'Suddenly harden into all we've got.' This beautifully written memoir dwells in that moment, its call to self-judgment, its unexpected openness to possibility. BRIEF NUDITY will please and instruct all who are starting to think about their own aging"—Alan Williamson.
Author City: BERKELEY, CA USA
Awarded Guggenheim and National Endowment fellowships for fiction and creative nonfiction, Thomas Farber has been Visiting Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawai'i, Fulbright Scholar for Pacific Island Studies, recipient of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, and Rockefeller Foundation resident scholar at Bellagio. His many books include THE END OF MY WITS, THE FACE OF THE DEEP, On Water, Learning to Love It, Through a Liquid Mirror with photographer Wayne Levin, A Lover's Question: Selected Stories, and BRIEF NUDITY. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and is Publisher/Editor in Chief of El León Literary Arts.
Reviews and Other Links
Shawna Yang Ryan @ Gently Read Literature
Alexander Mawyer @ Mixed Nerve