Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On: Observations Then and Now

Dogs Bark but the Caravan Rolls On Observations Then and Now For thirty years Frank Conroy s commentaries on life music and writing have appeared regularly in the New York Times Magazine Harper s Magazine Esquire and GQ DOGS BARK BUT THE CARAVAN ROLLS ON

  • Title: Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On: Observations Then and Now
  • Author: Frank Conroy
  • ISBN: 9780618154685
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For thirty years, Frank Conroy s commentaries on life, music, and writing have appeared regularly in the New York Times Magazine, Harper s Magazine, Esquire, and GQ DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN ROLLS ON collects these pieces into an autobiography in journalistic snapshots They evoke Conroy s southern childhood, his teen years in New York as a truant hanging out at pool halFor thirty years, Frank Conroy s commentaries on life, music, and writing have appeared regularly in the New York Times Magazine, Harper s Magazine, Esquire, and GQ DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN ROLLS ON collects these pieces into an autobiography in journalistic snapshots They evoke Conroy s southern childhood, his teen years in New York as a truant hanging out at pool halls and Harlem jazz clubs, his first glimmers of the power of language and the writing life in college, his romantic life, and his experiences as a teacher and as director of the Iowa Writers Workshop Here, too, are profiles of the musicians he has come to know and jammed with Keith Jarrett, Wynton Marsalis, Peter Serkin, even the Rolling Stones New essays fill out the collection from Conroy s wry retrospective viewpoint DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN ROLLS ON is imbued with the honesty, humor, and insight that made his memoir STOP TIME a classic.

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    1. I'd say I admired this book more so than enjoyed reading it, if that makes sense. The prose is crisp and sharp and clean, and exactly the sort of thing Frank preached about all the time in class; it looks effortless, but it has obviously been worked really hard. And it's a very authoritative voice. It's just that some of the essays were dull, although I admit I'm the wrong audience for the jazz essays, in general, ( I did like the first one about W. Marsalis). The workshop essay, the pool one, a [...]

    2. At first, his essays seem deceptively simple and clear. They make you think, "I could do this." But they're really tricky, some serious craft. He has this essay about falling in love and I know that sounds like the corniest and/or most giant thing to write about but he totally pulls it off. Its one of the most romantic and smart things I've ever read.

    3. Two and a half stars. Writing about jazz makes me want to duck and cover for some reason, but the essay on the Workshop seems like a great thing for uncredentialed writing teachers of the future (ie, me) to photocopy and give their students. Also, the one about pool is pretty great.

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