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Interior states : essays

Author: Meghan O'Gieblyn
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, A Division of Penguin Random House, LLC, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A fresh, acute, and even profound collection that centers around two core (and related) issues of American identity: faith, in general and the specific forms Christianity takes in particular; and the challenges of living in the Midwest when culture is felt to be elsewhere. What does it mean to be a believing Christian and a Midwesterner in an increasingly secular America where the cultural capital is retreating to
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
O'Gieblyn, Meghan, 1982-
Interior states.
New York : Anchor Books, [2018]
(DLC) 2018004981
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meghan O'Gieblyn
ISBN: 9780525562702 0525562702
OCLC Number: 1022074533
Notes: "Anchor Books Trade Paperback"--Title page verso.
Essays.
Description: xv, 222 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Dispatch from flyover country --
Hell --
On reading Updike --
Contemporaries --
A species of origins --
The insane idea --
Midwestworld --
On subtlety --
The end --
Sniffing glue --
American niceness --
Maternal ecstasies --
Pure Michigan --
Ghost in the cloud --
Exiled.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Meghan O'Gieblyn.

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A fresh, acute, and even profound collection that centers around two core (and related) issues of American identity: faith, in general and the specific forms Christianity takes in particular; and the challenges of living in the Midwest when culture is felt to be elsewhere. What does it mean to be a believing Christian and a Midwesterner in an increasingly secular America where the cultural capital is retreating to both coasts? The critic and essayist Meghan O'Gieblyn was born into an evangelical family, attended the famed Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for a time before she had a crisis of belief, and still lives in the Midwest, aka "Flyover Country." She writes of her "existential dizziness, a sense that the rest of the world is moving while you remain still," and that rich sense of ambivalence and internal division inform the fifteen superbly thoughtful and ironic essays in this collection. The subjects of these essays range from the rebranding (as it were) of Hell in contemporary Christian culture ("Hell"), a theme park devoted to the concept of intelligent design ("Species of Origin"), the paradoxes of Christian Rock ("Sniffing Glue"), Henry Ford's reconstructed pioneer town of Greenfield Village and its mixed messages ("Midwest World"), and the strange convergences of Christian eschatology and the digital so-called Singularity ("Ghosts in the Cloud"). Meghan O'Gieblyn stands in relation to her native Midwest as Joan Didion stands in relation to California - which is to say a whole-hearted lover, albeit one riven with ambivalence at the same time.

What does it mean to be a believing Christian and a Midwesterner in an increasingly secular America where the cultural capital is retreating to both coasts? O'Geiblyn provides a fresh, acute collection of essays that center around two core (and related) issues of American identity: faith (in general and the specific forms Christianity takes in particular), and the challenges of living in the Midwest when culture is felt to be elsewhere. Her essays are rich in ambivalence and internal division, while being thoughtful and ironic. -- adapted from back cover

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