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Title:Arts & Entertainments
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Publisher:Ecco
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Number of Pages:288
Category:Fiction, Contemporary, Novels

Arts & Entertainments by Christopher R. Beha

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Arts & Entertainments Christopher Beha delivers a cutting send up of our cultural obsession with celebrity a deliciously witty and ultimately tender novel about the absurdity of fame and the complexity of love sure to appeal to fans of Maria Semple and Jess Walter .

A sharp edged satire with heart em Arts amp Entertainments em is the story of Handsome Eddie Hartley who at thirty three has forgone dreams of an acting career for the reality of life as a drama teacher at a boys prep school But when Eddie and his wife Susan discover they cannot have children it is one disappointment too many .

Weighted down with debt his wife s mounting unhappiness and his own deepening sense of failure Eddie is confronted with an alluring solution when an old friend turned web impresario suggests Eddie sell a sex tape he made with an ex girlfriend now a wildly popular television star Overcoming his initial moral qualms Eddie figures that in an era when any publicity is good publicity the tape won t cause any harm a decision that will have disastrous consequences and propel him straight into the glaring spotlight he once thought he craved .

A hilariously biting and incisive take down of our culture s monstrous obsession with fame em Arts amp Entertainments em is also a poignant and humane portrait of a young man s belated coming of age the complications of love and the surprising ways in which the most meaningful lives often turn out to be the ones we least expected to lead

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The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else, What Happened to Sophie Wilder, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, Arts & Entertainments, The Writer's Notebook II: Craft Essays from Tin House
A definitive collection of the very best short stories by contemporary American masters br br Edited by Joyce Carol Oates the living master of the short story Buffalo News and Christopher R Beha this volume provides an important overview of the contemporary short story and a selection of the very best that American short fiction has to offer br br Contents br br The toughest Indian in the world by Sherman Alexie br Lobster night by Russell Banks br The hermit s story by Rick Bass br by Richard Bausch br Poor devil by Charles Baxter br Lavande by Ann Beattie br O by Aimee Bender br Mercy by Pinckney Benedict br The love of my life by T C Boyle br The identity club by Richard Burgin br The son of the wolfman by Michael Chabon br Night women by Edwidge Danticat br Television by Lydia Davis br Aurora by Junot D az br A house on the Plains by E L Doctorow br Death of the right fielder by Stuart Dybek br The girl who left her sock on the floor by Deborah Eisenberg br Disaster stamps of Pluto by Louise Erdrich br Reunion by Richard Ford br R ve haitien by Ben Fountain br The girl on the plane by Mary Gaitskill br The paperhanger by William Gay br City visit by Adam Haslett br To those of you who missed your connecting flights out of O Hare by Amy Hempel br Emergency by Denis Johnson br Double exposure by Greg Johnson br Old boys old girls by Edward P Jones br Adina Astrid Chipewee Jasmine by Matthew Klam br Baboons by Sheila Kohler br Once in a lifetime by Jhumpa Lahiri br Some terpsichore by Elizabeth McCracken br Cowboy by Thomas McGuane br Sault Ste Marie by David Means br Ranch girl by Maile Meloy br The new automaton theater by Steven Millhauser br Paper losses by Lorrie Moore br Stitches by Antonya Nelson br Land ll by Joyce Carol Oates br On the rainy river by Tim O Brien br The escort by Chuck Palahniuk br People in hell just want a drink of water by Annie Proulx br The red bow by George Saunders br Leslie and Sam by Douglas Unger br The brown chest by John Updike br Incarnations of burned children by David Foster Wallace br Cinnamon skin by Edmund White br Who invented the jump shot by John Edgar Wideman br Bullet in the brain by Tobias Wol, Christopher Beha delivers a cutting send up of our cultural obsession with celebrity a deliciously witty and ultimately tender novel about the absurdity of fame and the complexity of love sure to appeal to fans of Maria Semple and Jess Walter br br A sharp edged satire with heart em Arts amp Entertainments em is the story of Handsome Eddie Hartley who at thirty three has forgone dreams of an acting career for the reality of life as a drama teacher at a boys prep school But when Eddie and his wife Susan discover they cannot have children it is one disappointment too many br br Weighted down with debt his wife s mounting unhappiness and his own deepening sense of failure Eddie is confronted with an alluring solution when an old friend turned web impresario suggests Eddie sell a sex tape he made with an ex girlfriend now a wildly popular television star Overcoming his initial moral qualms Eddie figures that in an era when any publicity is good publicity the tape won t cause any harm a decision that will have disastrous consequences and propel him straight into the glaring spotlight he once thought he craved br br A hilariously biting and incisive take down of our culture s monstrous obsession with fame em Arts amp Entertainments em is also a poignant and humane portrait of a young man s belated coming of age the complications of love and the surprising ways in which the most meaningful lives often turn out to be the ones we least expected to lead, The Writer s Notebook II continues in the tradition of The Writer s Notebook featuring essays based on craft seminars from the Tin House Summer Writer s Workshop as well as a variety of craft essays from Tin House magazine contributors and Tin House Books authors The collection includes essays that not only examine important craft aspects such as humor suspense and research but that also explore creating fractured and nonrealist narratives and the role of dream in fiction An engaging and enlightening read The Writer s Notebook II is both a toolkit and an inspiration for any writer br br The Writer s Notebook II offers aspiring authors sixteen insightful essays about the craft of writing by Tin House authors and summer workshop faculty members including Aimee Bender Steve Almond Maggie Nelson Karen Russell Benjamin Percy and others br br Contents br Introduction Francise Prose br Beginnings Ann Hood br Don t write what you know Bret Anthony Johnston br Funny is the new deep an exploration of the comic impulse Steve Almond br Research in fiction Andrea Barrett br The sword of Damocles on suspense shower murders and shooting people on the beach Anthony Doerr br A sort of leaning against writing with from and for others Maggie Nelson br The experience in between thoughts on nonlinear narrative Adam Braver br On the making of orchards Aimee Bender br Get a job the importance of work in prose and poetry Benjamin Percy br Short story a process of revision Antonya Nelson br There interposed a blank a few considerations of poetic drama Mary Szybist br Story amp dream Jim Krusoe br Do something Christopher R Beha br Engineering impossible architectures Karen Russell br Endings parting is such sweet sorrow Elissa Schappell, Charlie Blakeman has just published his first novel to almost no acclaim He s living on New York s Washington Square struggling with his follow up and floundering within his pseudointellectual coterie when his college love Sophie Wilder returns to his life Sophie is also struggling though Charlie isn t sure why since they ve barely spoke after falling out a decade before Now Sophie begins to tell Charlie the story of her life since then particularly the story of the days she spent taking care of a dying man with his own terrible past and of the difficult decision he forced her to make When she disappears once again Charlie sets out to discover what happened to Sophie Wilder Christopher Beha s debut novel explores faith love friendship and ultimately the redemptive power of storytelling