William Kittredge © 2007, Graywolf Press 2007 trade paper, non-fiction, essays, biographical, semi-biographical
After hearing Kittredge interviewed on Public Radio, I wanted to read his essays, and this was the collection that was mentioned in that interview. The essays range from Kittredge’s youth on a large agricultural ranch in eastern Oregon to his thoughts on the politics of poverty, wide-ranging in their topic and spare but evocative in their language.
The changes in culture, society and personal understanding of the world are beautifully delineated. I read just an essay or two per week, and it took me a while to make my way through the sometimes dense, sometimes lighthearted pieces. Fine work, well worth reading.