Sunday, March 04, 2012

Spencer Hendrixson reviews The Louisiana Purchase in the Rumpus...

...and he has this to say about it:

"As much as Goar makes the reader chant yes-yes-yes and what-the-fuck (the good kind of what-the-fuck) simultaneously, he also inspires on to crack open one's old AP U.S. History notes: "Iowa 1806," was that what the Louisiana Purchase was called? Additionally, he sends the reader searching through baseball lore: Phil Niekro, the famous knuckle-baller--did he doctor his pitches? Goar is, in some sense, who Ken Burns would be if Burns wrote poems, writing about what makes people feel good about America, but also causing the reader to question what they really know..."

Read the whole review here, and order Jim Goar's book here. Thanks, Spencer!



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