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Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for
The Art of the Essay
“Reid has been writing classic American essays full of Twain-like humor and Emersonian moral force for forty years now. In this collection we find him in his calmly formidable prime.”
author of Nabokov in America
“WONDERFULLY FLUENT, EVEN VISIONARY in his prose, [Reid] guides us down many trails that don’t exist on maps.”
2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
( reviewing Robert Leonard Reid’s
Mountains of the Great Blue Dream )
"The Plan B Microlounge...was dimly but dramatically lighted....
June Joplin stood in the spotlight, singing sultry. Bob Reid was in the darkness behind her, laying down lily pads on the piano for June to skip across. I was sure we had fallen through the looking glass, or down the rabbit hole or whatever it is that delivers you straight from Carson City to New York or Paris or . . . heaven.”
A 90-minute, 24-song composition for four solo singers, chorus, musicians. mimes, dancers, and street performers. Dedicated to the Glory of God, founded in the beauty and passion of the contemporary Episcopal Eucharist, and inspired by the Sioux prophet Black Elk and his great vision of a Holy Tree that will take root, and flower in our midst, and shelter every living thing in happiness beneath its murmuring leaves.
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