Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. In ANECDOTAGE: EVERYDAY EPIPHANIES, author Jonathan Greene confesses, "I am always attracted to reading about the lives of eccentrics and interesting characters." That is a perfect enticement to the charm of reading this book, in which Greene himself is the most interesting among the host of characters who appear in the "memories and stories of a lifetime" assembled here. The epiphanies in the subtitle refer to the curious coincidences—one might say synchronicities—that form the often unexpected connective tissue in our relationships, the not-so-many "degrees of separation" that weave us into communities, visible and invisible. Readers who know Greene as a poet will delight in learning about his background and education (formal and otherwise), along with accounts from his wide acquaintance with other authors and artists; while those who have enjoyed his commonplace books will recognize his eye for the wry or obscure exquisite detail applied here to life rather than literature.
Jonathan Greene was born in New York City. He graduated from Bard College in 1965. After living in San Francisco twice, Greene moved to Kentucky in 1966 where members of his family had been living since 1846. He founded Gnomon Press in 1965, and is a free-lance book designer. Since 1977, he has lived on a Kentucky River farm with his wife, fiber artist and photographer Dobree Adams. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Federation of State Arts Agencies, and the Kentucky Arts Council. He is the author of EBB & FLOW (Broadstone Books, 2021), GISTS, ORTS, SHARDS (Broadstone Books, 2018), ANECDOTAGE (Broadstone Books, 2015), SMALL CHANGE FOR THE LONG HAUL (Station Hill Press, 1984), and ONCE A KINGDOM AGAIN. (Sand Dollar, 1978). Author City: FRANKFORT, KY USA