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How to Be Perfect - by Ron Padgett (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 112

Genre: Self Improvement

Sub-Genre: Motivational & Inspirational

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Coffee House Press

Author: Ron Padgett

Language: English

Street Date: September 13, 2016
TCIN: 51711802
UPC: 9781566894555
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-6267


"Reading Padgett one realizes that playfulness and lightness of touch are not at odds with seriousness." --New York Review of Books

"For a quick read or a special gift, this illustrated guide provides great self help towards a cheerful chuckle and, every so often, a thoughtful frown. As the author suggests....keep your childish self alive." --San Francisco Review of Books

"Padgett's sense of romantic joy is undiminished, as is his thoughtfulness about language and the ways in which time changes meaning, and sense can morph into eloquent absurdity." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Coffee House has now repackaged the poem as an appealingly small stand-alone book, illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Jason Novak. His illustrations are sort of Jules Feiffer/James Thurber-esque, peopled by toothy, big-eyed humans who appear furtive and bewildered by their quest." --The Star Tribune

"Mr. Novak's drawings, with their strategic use of black areas reminds me a bit of Gluyas Williams' work along with some Feiffer, Steig, and Ben Shahn line work mixed in. Good stuff." --Inkspill

"This is a delightful, amusing and thought-provoking book, and Novak's drawings both reflect the tone of the text and expand its range by bringing Padgett's precepts to quirky, individual life."--Elliptical Movements

"Padgett and Novak's unique perspectives wind up and bounce off each other in this collaboration, which streaks through humor, heart and the universal aches of everyday life." --MPR's The Thread

"Agile and lucid and glad to be alive." --James Tate

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