Everywhere Home, Fenton Johnson

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Everywhere Home, Fenton Johnson


Fenton Johnson's questions explore small and large subject matter: What’s the relationship between artists and museums, illuminated in a New Guinean display of shrunken heads? What’s the difference between empiricism and intuition? His wanderings include the hills of Kentucky and San Francisco, Paris streets, Calcutta’s crowded sidewalks, the AIDS epidemic, and monasteries of all persuasions.

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Fenton Johnson is the author of the novels The Man Who Loved BirdsScissors, Paper, Rock, and Crossing the River, and the nonfiction books Keeping Faith and Geography of the Heart. Johnson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He writes regularly for Harper’s Magazine, and is a professor in the creative writing programs at the University of Arizona and Spalding University.


Praise for Fenton Johnson

"In this collection of 26 essays, Johnson contemplates questions of identity, belonging, and belief. With a deft hand and trained ear for storytelling, he explores growing up Catholic in Kentucky, the complex nature of same-gender eros, and the desire to belong. His work is most poignant when he’s bearing witness to the plague years of the AIDS crisis and its effects on the social and artistic networks of so many LGBTQ people. In the collection’s most moving pieces, he reckons with grief after his lover dies of AIDS-related complications. 'From understanding grows compassion; from compassion grows real, enduring, life-affirming change,' writes Johnson. These essays trust in the power of communication to build the capacity for change."
Publishers Weekly

"Reading this rich, varied essay collection . . . is a little like following a postmodern teaching peripatetic: it wanders, it tells stories, it stops occasionally to observe, it muses. . . . From the nature of art, the nature of beauty, to the meaning of Burning Man, Tina Turner’s sensuality, and monks in contemporary society, Johnson’s interests are far-ranging and engaging. Both personal and academic, they’re the product of a man who celebrates life through words.” 
Arizona Daily Star