Serious Face: Essays Livres audio Audible – Version intégrale
From the discovery of the author’s face in a century-old photograph to a triple-amputee hospice director working at the border of life and death, here are thirteen hopeful, heartbreaking, and profound essays from “one of the most intelligent, compassionate, and curious authors working today” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
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Beneath the self-assured and serious faces we wear, every human life is full of longing, guesswork, and confusion—a scramble to do the best we can and make everything up as we go along. In these wide-ranging essays, Jon Mooallem chronicles the beauty of our blundering and the inescapability of our imperfections. He investigates the collapse of a multimillion-dollar bird-breeding scam run by an aging farmer known as the Pigeon King, intimately narrates a harrowing escape from California’s deadliest wildfire, visits an eccentric Frenchman building a town at what he claims is the center of the world, shadows a man through his first day of freedom after twenty-one years in prison, and more—all with a deep conviction that it’s our vulnerability, not our victories, that connect us.
Mooallem’s powers of perception have established him as one of the most distinctive, empathic, and clear-sighted narrative journalists working today. The Wall Street Journal has called his writing “as much art as it is journalism,” and Jia Tolentino has praised his “grace and command.” In Serious Face, Mooallem brings to life the desperate hopes and urgent fears of the people he meets, telling their stories with empathy, humor, insight, and kindness. These elegant, moving essays form an idiosyncratic tapestry of human experience: our audacity and fallibility, our bumbling and goodwill. In moments of calamity and within the extreme absurdity of everyday life, can we learn to love the people we really are, behind the serious faces we show the world?
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I was especially gratified to re-read the one about the Cloud Appreciation Society, even if it reawakened an old grievance. I began in 1972 to take pictures of clouds. I already knew quite a bit about cloud physics. Originally my cloud photography was just a harmless pastime, but eventually I decided to turn it into a popular coffee-table book about clouds and cloud-watching. I had never heard of a Brit very Brit-ly named Gavin Pretor-Pinney. But he had had the same idea and beat me to it in 2006 with "The Cloud-Watcher's Guide", followed in 2019 by "A Cloud a Day." He also has amassed a much larger collection of images than I ever did. I admit defeat, I still photograph clouds, though.
I;m certainly glad Mooallem did not pursue his prior career as a butcher!
One criticism: Some of these essays, especially the title one, simply require at least some of the illustrations that accompanied them in the NYT Magazine.
Such beautiful, moving, thoughtful writing. I cried through almost the entire first story (IYKYK) but in a good way. This book would make an excellent gift; there’s a lot to love in it.