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Here I Stand

David Pichaske

ISBN 10: 0944024610 / ISBN 13: 9780944024614
Published by Ellis Press, 2015
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Title: Here I Stand

Publisher: Ellis Press

Publication Date: 2015

Book Condition:Good

Edition: first.

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David Pichaske s credentials as a spokesman for the sixties generation are well established: A Generation in Motion (1979), The Poetry of Rock (1981), and most recently Song of the North Country: A Midwest Framework to the Songs of Bob Dylan (Continuum 2010). In the 1970s, like many members of his generation, Pichaske retreated to the countryside, developing a second (or third) life as editor-publisher Spoon River Poetry Press, author of The Jubilee Diary (1982), and editor of books like Late Harvest (1992), Southwest Minnesota: the Land and the People (2000), and most recently Rooted: Six Midwest Writers of Place (University of Iowa Press, 2006). Michael Gray s entry in The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia begins, David Pichaske [is] an academic in a backwoods check shirt. In the late eighties Pichaske went global, with four years of Fulbright fellowships to Poland, Latvia, and Outer Mongolia . . . each the subject of several articles and at least one book: Poland in Transition (1994), The Tale of the White Crow (2003), and UB03: A Season in Outer Mongolia (2003). In Here I Stand, Pichaske explores these diverse selves, as well as life in the 1950s. He also examines life inside the American university, where he has spent half a century. Academia has been rough on this sixties child, and like many others (Camille Paglia comes to mind), Pichaske critiques the direction higher education has taken in recent decades. His analysis, sometimes a jeremiad, is as timely as it is interesting. David Pichaske has been a favorite academic writer of mine since the publication of . . . his article Freshman Composition: What Is This Shit? The man has voice, wrote Darryl Hattenhauer in a review of A Generation in Motion; Buy this book. Pichaske s voice remains in Here I Stand, although readers of his early work may be a bit surprised to find him in the final chapter of this memoir retreating to the old road, which is the good road. On the other hand, children of the sixties who have traveled with Pichaske through years of protest and confrontations with The System, through country retreats, through children and grandchildren, through global gallivantings of their own may find themselves nodding in silent understanding, appreciation, and just plain enjoyment of this book.

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