Like many readers, my TBR (to be read) pile is out of control. I can’t read fast enough to keep up with the number of books added on a weekly basis. So, more often than not, I miss a lot of the books that make those end of year lists. As 2016 comes to a close, I thought it would be interesting to do two things: 1) take a look at small press books you and I may have missed this year and 2) ask our local booksellers what they’d recommend. Given my tastes and reading habits, you’ll see the...Forward
On the Pleasures of Not Writing
By Peter Selgin
Not writing has many advantages. You can walk with both hands in your pockets. You can peel and eat an orange. Other fruits, too, become accessible to the non-writer.
When not writing it is possible to participate in all kinds of physical activities unavailable to writers. Swimming comes to mind, as well as other water sports such as water skiing and scuba diving. Operating any kind of watercraft, even a small rowboat or sailboat, is...Forward
Writer Peter Selgin is a dramatist, essayist, novelist, and artist, and a member of the faculty corps at Georgia College and the author of the new memoir The Inventors.
The Inventors is a memoir about the relationships Selgin shared with his father and a favorite teacher from his adolescence.
The Inventors is out now and available at bookstores and online. You can find out more at Peter Selgin’s website peterselgin.com.
If you enjoyed our conversation, we’ve included a recording...Forward
Peter Selgin believes that every person is a product of their own invention. “We don’t have a faithful grasp of who we are, and we base our identities on a blend of memory and a mythology,” Selgin says. “Memories are about as reliable as myths. Like myths, they take on their own truths.” But what does it mean when the truth about someone, let’s say a father or a teacher, is different from what we’ve always known about them?
In The Inventors, Selgin examines the lives of two men who were...Forward
Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review
With wit, remorse, ferocious intelligence, and a little well-deserved self-pity, Selgin recounts his odd life.
Invent a new title for this book:
Believe You Me
Read this if you like(d):
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Meet the book’s lead(s):
Peter Selgin, the book’s author; Paul Selgin, his father; and “the teacher,” who bonds with him when he’s in eighth grade and reappears throughout his life.
The rumors arrived before the new teacher did. That he was young, that he had gone to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, that he wore cable knit turtleneck sweaters with bell-bottom jeans and square-toed leather boots with big brass buckles on the side. He wore his blond hair almost to his shoulders, like Illya Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He planned to teach a special class, an experimental class for gifted students that he would hand pick. When the time came you, your brother, and your...Forward
Peter Selgin’s The Inventors National Book Tour
Selgin’s (Life Goes to the Movies; Drowning Lessons) memoir debut focuses on the two men—the author’s father and his eighth-grade English teacher—who had the most impact on his life. In telling the story of his relationships with these individuals, he uncovers not only what they hid from him and most other people in their lives, but unravels what people keep hidden from themselves. Short interludes are interspersed throughout; some tell fablelike stories that enhance the larger...Forward
“Peter Selgin is a born writer, capable of taking any subject and exploring it from a new angle, with wit, grace, and erudition.”—Oliver Sacks
Both Selgin’s father and the man he calls “the teacher” led remarkable lives. Among other things, Paul Selgin helped design the so-called “proximity fuse” that hastened the end of World War II. As for the teacher, he became a forceful advocate for human rights and diversity, championing the cause of indigenous peoples and refugees from...Forward