Concord, MassachusettsTwo weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
Drew Gilpin Faust
Events: Why We Write
Book: The Language of Men: A Memoir
“Hold the phone, kick down the door, and yell from the rooftops of all those American blue-collar towns that give birth to so many of our artists: a new one is among us, and his name is Anthony D’Aries. This man writes like Charlie Parker played the alto sax, with grit and verve and a willing free-fall into hard-won, illuminated truths. The Language of Men is a profoundly important book by a major new talent!” —Andre Dubus III, author, Townie: A Memoir
Growing up in a working class town on Long Island, Anthony D’Aries watched his father rebuild muscle cars, groove to rock ‘n’ roll, slice meat at the local deli, and bring roadkill back to life in his taxidermy workshop. Anthony, the impressionable younger son, loved his father, emulated him, acted out visceral scenes from Taxi Driver and Raging Bull with his dad and older brother, soaked up his father’s lurid wartime tales—the hooch and the hos in ‘Nam.
D’Aries asks What does it cost to speak the language of men? In defiant, eloquent prose, he transports us to the crossroads of gender and history then leads us through the unsettling terrain that creates fathers, sons, brothers, and husbands.
The Language of Men received the PEN/New England Discovery Prize in nonfiction and Honorable Mention for the New England Book Award. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, D’Aries teaches literacy and creating writing in correctional facilities in Massachusetts, as well as literature and creative writing at Regis and Emerson College.