Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've only read one other book by Michael Chabon (The Yiddish Policemen's Union), but I will definitely be reading more. And I'll probably be revisiting this one.
He's won a Pulitzer prize, but he has a unique way of crossing from that supposedly more literary world into the realms of what is usually referred to as 'genre' (mysteries, science fiction, comics, and pulp). This collection of essays, as the title suggests, provides a sort of map between his two worlds. They are eloquent ruminations on not only his own life and background and work, but also the works of others (his insights into Cormac McArthy's The Road by themselves make this book worth investigating).
This volume is definitely (as others have pointed out), a 'defense of genre fiction'.
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