Transfiguration Avenue: Michael Chabon and Relearning to See the World

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The first reason and last reason for reading Michael Chabon is his prose style. We¬†can start on page one: A white boy rode flatfoot on a skateboard, towed along, hand to shoulder, by a black boy pedaling a brakeless fixed-gear bike. Dark August morning, deep in the Flatlands. Hiss of tires. Granular unraveling of skateboard wheels against asphalt. Summer-time Berkeley giving off her old-lady smell, nine different styles of jasmine and a squirt of he-cat. This opening paragraph models … [Read more...]