Literary Nonfiction. For 500 years teachers and scholars have commended the practice of recording "commonplaces," that is, striking and noteworthy phrases encountered while reading for later reference. Few in recent times have taken this advice with such good effect as Jonathan Greene. A poet, publisher, book designer, and translator, Greene is foremost a reader of vast range and expansive curiosity, and the fruits of over fifty years of reading with pen in hand are collected here for the delight and enlightenment of his fellow readers. Ancient Chinese sages mingle with modern jazz masters, Yogi Berra meets Einstein, and the wisdom (and wit) of great minds known and unknown is on parade. In the end, this collection of such seemingly disparate thinkers and themes coalesces into an original work in its own right, an intellectual and artistic portrait of Greene himself, offering new and deeper insights into the mind and heart behind his many volumes of poetry. This enlarged and revised edition collects his previous two volumes in this series, with much new material.
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