The Emerald Light in the Air PDF/EPUB È The Emerald

The Emerald Light in the Air PDF/EPUB È The Emerald

The Emerald Light in the Air [Download] ✤ The Emerald Light in the Air By Donald Antrim – Nothing is simple for the men and women in Donald Antrim's stories As they do the things we all do—bum a cigarette at a party stroll with a girlfriend down Madison Avenue take a kid to the zoo—the Nothing is simple for the men Light in Kindle Ö and women in Donald Antrim's stories As they do the things we all do—bum a cigarette at a party stroll with a girlfriend down Madison Avenue take a kid to the zoo—they're confronted with their own The Emerald PDF \ uncooperative selves These artists writers lawyers teachers and actors make fools of themselves spiral out of control have delusions of grandeur despair and find it hard to imagine a future They talk they listen they hope they dream They look for communion in Emerald Light in PDF/EPUB À a city both beautiful and menacing which can promise so much and yield so little But they are hungry for life They want to love and be loved These stories all published in The New Yorker over the last fifteen years make it clear that Antrim is one of America's most important writers His work has been praised by his significant contemporaries including Jonathan Franzen Thomas Pynchon Jeffrey Eugenides and George Saunders who described The Verificationist as one of the most pleasure giving funny perverse complicated addictive novels of the last twenty years And here is Antrim's best book yet the story collection that reveals him as a master of the form.

10 thoughts on “The Emerald Light in the Air

  1. Tony Tony says:

    There is something dream like in Donald Antrim's writing Things are real enough but with the usual real issues of loss and despair and sometimes surrender Then unexpectedly things turn surreal A car wheel slides in the mud and we are not on the same road at all A different dimension perhaps or someone else's story And it is so hard to get that traction Sometimes we get back on the real road But sometimes we don'tThe first story in this collection is very much like the author's three published novels in the way I have just described above The rest of the stories less so I liked five of the stories fairly well but I won't bore you with plots I think you should know though that the protagonist of the first story Reginald Barry is the great great great grandson of the Reverend William Trevor Barry A nice homage thatThe final seventh story which happens to be the title story begins with a longish paragraph of two sentences one very long and one short broken up copiously with commas semi colons and even hyphens all having the effect to me at least of a pounding; a pounding Here In less than a year he'd lost his mother his father and as he'd once and sometimes still felt Julia to be the love of his life; and during this year or he should say during its suicidal aftermath he twice admitted himself to the psychiatric ward at the University Hospital in Charlottesville where each stay one in the fall and one in the following summer three mornings a week Monday Wednesday Friday he'd climbed onto an operating table and wept at the ceiling while doctors set the pulse stuck electrodes to his forehead put the oxygen meter on his finger and then pushed a needle into his arm and instructed him as the machines beeped and the anesthetic dripped down the pipette toward his vein to count backward from a hundred; and now another year later he was on his way to the dump to throw the drawings and paintings that Julia had made in the months where she was sneaking off to sleep with the man she finally left to marry along with the comic book collection it wasn't a collection so much as a big box stuffed with comics that he'd kept since he was a boy He had long ago forgotten his old comics; and then a few days before he'd come across them on a dusty shelf at the back of the garage while looking for a carton of ammoMaybe the Ativan in his pocket will help; if not him then someone else someone who needs it even than him someone out there after the wheel slips and the emerald light in the air finds him

  2. J. J. says:

    A short collection of stories that are short freuently populated by characters who comment with regret or consternation that their partner is either taller by comparison or shorter than they themselves may be Things here are measured scrupulously Author Donald Antrim seems to be on a uest to define brittle aided by the clipped dialogue the instant perhaps too immediate rejoinder the front loaded extra dense bit of exposition and the general New York air of we've all been there why bother really This makes it seem a bit grotesue than it really is and on the plus side of things it is uite a bit like the New Yorker sensibility The citizenry not the magazine One story totally encapsulates an NYC book launch or gallery opening party in a loft with complete accuracy If I were a Donald Antrim character I'd be saying with blasé affect if that's something you're interested in But that brings up another angle that of the general tonality of things As it happens all the stories here have in fact appeared in The New Yorker the magazine and so there is a kind of expectations house flavor thing going on that stages Antrim's stories in a kind of a familiar proscenium And keeps the reader thinking well yeah in the ten pages of magazine space broken only by those little arty design suiggles ads for Talbot's trenchcoats and dogs on shrink's couches cartoons this would seem uite the pithy moment urban life neatly sliced And that makes the goods a little too set in a specific kind of editorial stone a little security hardened something behind the tempered plate glass rather than something with life or blood in its veins

  3. Stacey Stacey says:

    Every time I tried to tell someone how excited I was that Donald Antrim had a new book out and that it was short stories I was invariably greeted with OhwellI don't read short stories I feel like just as I start to get interested in the characters the story's over Here's why you should read short stories in general and these short stories in particularI love having friends who know some but never all of my good and bad ualities I like being able to have a conversation with them that might seem like we're starting in the middle but we both know what we're talking about But I never want to give up having random encounters with strangers Like the woman on the bus in Chicago who told me all about her grandchildren Or the young man in Seattle who talked about his binge drinking his suicide attempt and his subseuent and nearly miraculous recovery Talking with a stranger in what you know will be a limited encounter engenders a level of freedom not available with close friends Freuently I remember years later something poignant that was said Short stories are the same There's a freedom meticulously crafted to just show a tiny slice of someone's life And Antrim's slices are delightfully skewed The writing is top notch as it always is His characters are all desperately searching for somethingmostly just someone who can understand them save them love them Read this bookit's okay to wonder what happened to them next

  4. Ellie Ellie says:

    The Emerald Light in the Air Stories by Donald Antrim are a collection of hallucinagenic stories in which the male protagonists are haunted by depression and suicidal thoughts and actions Reality is distorted by the depression as well as by drugs and alcohol But although the stories are freuently painful the narrators are so numbed by their various drugs including the mood disorders that the effect of reading them is paradoxically that one feels alive At least that was their effect on me There is a vividness in the writing in the locations of the stories freuently New York City that offsets the numbing pain of the protagonists In the first story An Actor Prepares the professor at a college both directs and stars in a nightmarish version of A Midsummer Nights Dream The director is breaking up with his girlfriend and his relationships with the students are inappropriate but then he seems emotionally to be a peer rather than a guide The story culminates in a deluge severe rain is also present in the title story and seems to match the narrator's inundation with unmanageable feelings The story as in most of these stories is also marked by a strange humor a violent duck menacing a blind boy starring in the production the director's tete a tete with one of the play's emotionally scarred actors Even in the midst of pain the stories freuently made me laugh both heightening and offsetting the pain contained within the fictionIn Pond with Mud the narrator's struggles with his art his writing are both hilarious and sad as is his encounter with the father of his girlfriend's son a very odd five year old who the narrator is taking to the zoo to see some mutant animals Every one of the stories shines with beautiful prose and characters who may sometimes be ridiculous like all humans but are also intensely alive The writing in the title story in which the narrator a middle school art teacher struggles to bring his car home in a rainstorm in the country The story constantly shifts time frames as the narrator recalls his relationship with his ex wife his first love at least his first sex a trip to Italy in which he and his wife both obsessed on details in the art of Tiepolo but very different details for very different reasons a detail which seems to illuminate their relationship as well as the other relationships in the collection and a detour in which he is mistaken for a doctor and brought to treat a woman dying of cancerI could go on every story is filled with powerful moments that remained with me after I finished the book This is a collection I look forward to rereading as I run to read Antrim's other work

  5. Bonnie Brody Bonnie Brody says:

    Donald Antrim writes about people who hurt They are grieving lost loves ruined lives and often their own dispossession in a world they have lost familiarity with The characters seem to inhabit the spaces between words and they are often in pain but unable to identify its source Many of the stories deal with people who have psychiatric illnesses and rely on medication or freuent hospitalizations in order to functionThere is a common theme to many of the stories After loss characters are trying to start anew to rebuild their lives with someone else This does not appear to work In 'Another Manhattan' a man who is mentally unstable tries to buy a bouuet for his wife He has recently been hospitalized for psychiatric problems No matter how hard he tries nothing seems to go right for him 'He Knew' is about a couple both with psychiatric disorders The man is much older than his wife They are trying to make a go of it but they find themselves going in circles repeating their life script over and over again She has a history of being hospitalized for a suicide attempt and he suffers from depression They rely on their medications and each other to functionThe author seems very familiar with the pain of psychiatric illness It makes me wonder if he is intimately familiar with this The stories are not often linear They are bits and pieces of life shown to the reader as a magnifying glass to enlarge the little things that lead to the larger aspects of lifeI was often struck at how the characters could no longer identify the source of their pain One character finds that the air is suffocating him but doesn't understand why he hurts Another can remember his electroconvulsive therapy but not how he felt while enduring it Another remembers that his family laughed at him but is unsure of how he feltThe stories are not exciting but they are journeys into the minds and hearts of the characters who Mr Antrim fleshes out with all their doubts despair and hopelessness

  6. Josh Friedlander Josh Friedlander says:

    Antrim is a master of psychoanalysis observing the secrets that we bury and pretend we are free of In his world no one can escape the gravitational field of their past Characters struggle against inertia and those around them may briefly hold out hope for them but ultimately they slide back into their old sorrowsThese are Raymond Carver stories but told with complex hyperenergetic language like Seinfeld on the therapist's couch Unhappy people stay unhappy Beyond a haze of antidepressant meds and cocktail party ennui nothing really happens

  7. Possibly in Michigan, London Possibly in Michigan, London says:

    There was one story that stood out to me in the collection about a couple with mental illnesses trying to have a 'normal' relationship but the others wereI just don't get it frankly There was another about a father and a step father meeting which was just a line machine really droll so droll but then just whimpered away I really must be missing something here because these were all in the New Yorker But I'm all for emotional directness and stories about people trying to make their way in life with a ton of baggage aided largely by their social capital It's an interesting combination but sometimes there weren't enough rough edges like there was no friction bodily emotionally financially economically socially between being part of the very genteel and civilised worlds of book launches and dinner parties and the worlds of addiction? But yeah the one story mentioned above made me a little bit tearful And I liked the story that was just a man at a book launch thinking about his former partner even though he's on a date with the publicist who's launching the book in uestion It flowed just like a long summer party Thinking about it the criticism above isn't really a criticism it's about my expectation of what a story should do if it explores certain subjects I don't think that's what Antrim is going for I think the Manhattan in the stories is meant to be a strange place made surreal by the characters' experiencesreturns but really only strange relative to its chicness Based on the GR reviews below I'm going to re read the last story as I definitely think it's mostly me and not the bookOh totally not a point of criticism but DA seems obsessed with butts I mean I guess we all are but there's a mention of a woman's butt in likeevery story I never get why editors don't edit this stuff out 'Donald do we need this butt?' or diplomatically 'Which butt would you like to keep?' or 'Can we consolidate this butt with the butt in the next story'

  8. Howard Cincotta Howard Cincotta says:

    The New Yorker stories contained in this collection are varied brilliantly written and often funny But overwhelmingly the main characters suffer from a depression and anxiety so deep that several of them have been institutionalized or contemplated suicide or both All are in tenuous fraught relationships or still mourning traumatic divorces and they largely cope with their situations through alcohol drugs and a lot of magical thinking about how to better their livesThe couple in “Solace” both the victims of traumatic childhoods spend weekends having sex and getting smashed in friends’ borrowed apartments unable to plan or move the relationship forward Jim the protagonist of “Another Manhattan” is so fragile that he shatters in the course of a disastrous attempt to placate his wife by buying an excessively expensive bouuet of flowers; and Alice the young wife in “He Knew” needs Valium and other medications from her older actor husband to survive the journey home on the Halloween night streets of Manhattan The first and last stories break the pattern but only to a degree “An Actor Prepares” is a hilarious account of a small college’s outdoor production of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream featuring a rain soaked lawn a cast high on life and pot lots of mud and an injured duck that decides to go on the attack during the show But the director Reginald Barry must also cope with a pregnant girlfriend who rages at him and he can find escape only in becoming as adolescent and crazy as his student actors In the title story we see the classic Antrim protagonist a middle aged man who is unreconciled to the loss of his wife to another man and oppressed by her paintings that remain stored in his Charlottesville house He runs off a country road in a rainstorm and finds himself in a primitive cabin with a family whose mother is dying of cancer – and initially thinks he is a doctor Nevertheless he discovers that he can indeed ease her suffering by giving her his own anxiety medication an epiphany that opens him to a hopeful future than that of most of the trapped characters in the other Emerald Air storiesDonald Antrim’s characters depicted in prose as sharply etched as a scalpel often fall into deep pits of self pity and depression But all of them struggle against their fate with a special kind of self determination and even bravery

  9. Ann Olszewski Ann Olszewski says:

    Great writing and well crafted stories but with one exception I don't think they'll stay with me too long I admire Antrim's artistry but as a work of literature I really wasn't moved except by Another Manhattan

  10. Candice Candice says:

    Antrim is a good writer really gets into people's minds but I did close the book depressed a bit freaked out and glad to be done with it I will seek out some of his novels for comparison however

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