The Great Indoorsman

Essays

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Pub Date 01 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 28 Feb 2022

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Many authors have traveled and explored the out-of-doors, both in life and then in their books, proving themselves stalwart, audacious, even heroic; Andrew Farkas is not among them. He is brave enough to admit that the outdoors isn’t for him. Instead, in these essays Farkas reports on his bold explorations of a very different territory: the in-of-doors, the waiting rooms, kitchens, malls, bars, theaters, roadside motel rooms, and other places that feature temperature control, protection from rampaging predators, and a higher degree of comfort than can be found outside.

Farkas discovers that, just as the mannered and wonderfully (gloriously) artificial indoors influences us greatly, our lives are also controlled much more by fiction than by anything “real.” So come in out of the weather (it’s always terrible) and join the Great Indoorsman on his adventures, where he makes fun of pretty much everything, most of all himself.
 

Many authors have traveled and explored the out-of-doors, both in life and then in their books, proving themselves stalwart, audacious, even heroic; Andrew Farkas is not among them. He is brave...


Advance Praise

“Absurdist and absurdly amusing, Andrew Farkas takes readers on a sublime tour through dive bars and coffeehouses, dilapidated movie theaters and dying malls. A doctor of knowledge, erudite but humble, Farkas creates an enchanting yet down-to-earth collection perfect for indoors, outdoors, or anywhere in between.”—Kathleen Rooney, author of Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey

“Andrew Farkas, the master renovator in these crafted and crafty essays, is the ultimate interior decorator of all things turned inside out. Here the reflections reflect infinite rooms where we are, at once, lost and found, found and lost with-in hallways of infinite with-in-ings.”—Michael Martone, editor of The Complete Writings of Art Smith, the Bird Boy of Fort Wayne

“Throughout this deliriously inventive collection, Andrew Farkas operates like a 1930s Rube Goldberg cartoon jalopy, nimbly galumphing through mundane worlds—a waiting room, a hamburger joint, Tuscaloosa. The elevated performance is grounded by a sincere, persistent question: Where is home?”—David Giffels, author of Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America

“Absurdist and absurdly amusing, Andrew Farkas takes readers on a sublime tour through dive bars and coffeehouses, dilapidated movie theaters and dying malls. A doctor of knowledge, erudite but...


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The Great Indoorsman is a collection of essays that cover many different topics, but nearly all focus on describing common situations and places in descriptive and unique ways. I particularly enjoyed the sections that discussed waiting rooms, coffee shops, and bowling alleys. Unfortunately, this was a difficult read for me- it's possible that I was just not the right reader for this book, but I never felt connected to it. The writing consists of very long and rambling sentences, and a lot of the essays seemed to lack cohesion. It was like reading a stream of thoughts. For readers who enjoy this style of narration and creative nonfiction, it may be a better fit! While some pieces of this collection were interesting, I overall felt lost and frustrated while reading it. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC to review with my honest thoughts.

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