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Between Panic and Desire by Dinty W. Moore

By Dinty W. Moore

“Insouciant” and “irreverent” are this sort of phrases that arise in stories of Dinty W. Moore’s books—and, consistently, “hilarious.” Between Panic and Desire, named after cities in Pennsylvania, unearths Moore on the best of his astutely humorous shape. A publication which may be named after one in all its chapters, “A Post-Nixon, Post-panic, Post-modern, Post-mortem,” this assortment is an unconventional memoir of 1 guy and his tradition, which additionally occurs to be our own.
 
Blending narrative and quizzes, reminiscence and numerology, and imagined interviews and conversations with useless presidents on television, the publication dizzily records the disorienting event of starting to be up in a postmodern global. the following we see how the foremost occasions within the author’s early life—the Kennedy assassination, Nixon’s resignation, staring at Father understands Best, and losing acid atop the realm alternate middle, to call a few—shaped the best way he sees occasions either worldwide and private at the present time. extra to the purpose, we see how those occasions formed, and doubtless even distorted, today’s global for we all who spent our early life within the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. A curious meditation on family members and bereavement, longing and worry, self-loathing and wish, Between Panic and Desire unfolds in kaleidoscopic forms—a coroner’s document, a television motion picture script, a Zen koan—aptly reflecting the emergence of a fractured digital America.

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My impression was that she had been there, just like that, since I’d left that morning with my book bag and baloney sandwiches. ” she would ask, sometimes not even lifting her head. “I’m okay,” I would reassure her. ” There was little use pretending, but we still did. The clearest memory I have of my father from those years, just after Kennedy’s assassination, is the sound of the back screen door squeaking open. We would be in our beds—me, my mother, my two older sisters. Mom would have left a pot on the stove with her husband’s dinner.

This is the best-case scenario. But I am the worst case, or at least a worse case. I misperceive twice. Double Double vision vision. My defective perception creates two funhouse mirrors, smeared with all the usual jam and grime, but one slightly off to the side, a bit higher in the vertical plane, tending toward sepia. No wonder I inevitably lean toward the comic twist. Nothing is as it seems anyway. Look how quickly it all reverses. Then again—and this is only occurring to me as I round the age of fifty —if none of us sees accurately, maybe I’ve been at an advantage all of these years.

And anyway the Secret Service would have been on us in a second. I hated those guys, thinking they were so cool behind the sunglasses. A lot of them were creeps. But anyway, back to you: so you left home at eighteen and essentially created a world for yourself not so different from the one that you fled, because at least you 40 pa rt t wo knew how to survive there. Adults were not to be trusted, disaster was around every corner, get your playtime in now because who knows what problems — I began projecting.

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