Tuesday, June 18, 2019
June 18, 2019: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Emily Page’s Fractured Memories
[I’ve got some very talented friends and colleagues. So for this year’s annual Beach Reads series, I wanted to highlight works by friends old and new and colleagues at FSU (I’m a poet and I don’t know it!). Leading up to one of my favorite crowd-sourced posts of the year, so make sure to share your Beach Read nominations, please!]
If you think I’ve known yesterday’s subject Ian Williams for a good while (and I have—we met at FSU’s new faculty orientation in September 2005), well how about this: I’ve known Emily Page since at least 7th grade, when we shared a homeroom in Charlottesville’s Buford Middle School. Which is why it was extra special to see Emily (who works as an artist and tattoo artist in North Carolina) complete and publish her first book, Fractured Memories. Combining her artistic talents and works with her experiences as the daughter of a father with dementia, Fractured Memories is at one and the same time raw, moving, and personal and abstract, experimental, and evocative. It’s a pretty big book (coffee table book size, really), so you’ll need a big bag to bring it to the beach with you—but who doesn’t already bring a big bag to the beach?? And whether you’re interested in the visual arts or memoirs, in avant garde imagery or explorations of aging and family, you’ll find something to keep your Beach Reading attention fully held in Emily Page’s Fractured Memories.
Next Beach Read tomorrow,
PS. What are you bringing to the beach this year or would you recommend we bring?