Rivka Galchen: Little Labors

Little Labors

Author: Rivka Galchen
Number of Pages: 136 pages
Published Date: 26 Jul 2016
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Country: New York, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780811225588
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Sei Shonagon s Pillow Book a key inspiration for Rivka Galchen s new book contains a list of Things That Make One Nervous. And wouldn t the blessed event top almost anyone s list?Little Labors is a slanted, enchanted literary miscellany. Varying in length from just a sentence or paragraph to a several-page story or essay, Galchen s puzzle pieces assemble into a shining, unpredictable, mordant picture of the ordinary-extraordinary nature of babies and literature. Anecdotal or analytic, each part opens up an odd and tender world of wonder. The 47 Ronin; the black magic of maternal love; babies morphing from pumas to chickens; the quasi-repellent concept of women writers; origami-ophilia in Oklahoma as a gateway drug to a lifelong obsession with Japan; discussions of favorite passages from the Heian masterpieces Genji and The Pillow Book; the frightening prevalence of orange as today s new chic color for baby gifts; Frankenstein as a sort of baby; babies gold mines; babies as tiny Godzillas Little Labors atomized and exploratory, conceptually byzantine and freshly forthright delights."