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Finally a Mirsky book! I've loved Mirksy since he first appeared in Paul Beckman's work, and in this collection Mirsky gets to rightfully shine, coming of age with paper routes, Devil dogs, pinball, bullies, absent fathers, Jewish mothers, Kosher Soap, and the inevitable disappointments and salvations of any survived childhood, especially one set in the big city projects of America. In Becoming Mirsky, we traverse the full range of Beckman's talents-the ironic, the asinine, and the wonderfully ridiculous, yes, but also the difficult, the poignant, and the downright tragic.


"Every so often a memoir is penned that transcends a literary filigree of recollections and gives us an authentic, deeply felt, and brilliantly written "accounting." Paul Beckman's Becoming Mirsky is such a book. In it are the quixotic and thrashing winds of culture, of youth- of "becoming" itself. Here, Ethos and Pathos bespeak a life in a common tongue we all can understand. Here, buoyed by Beckman's wry wit, recollection is not a ghost, but rather a flawed, but earnest assortment of characters on the page we wish to know about. Care to know about. What a fine and accomplished work this is."

-Robert Scotellaro, author of What Are the Chances? and Ways to Read the World


    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cervena Barva Press (Sept. 21 2023)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 86 pages
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 195006378X
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950063789
    • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 136 g
    • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 0.53 x 22.86 cm

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