Like a Lake : A Story of Uneasy Love and Photography / Carol Mavor.

Mavor, Carol, author., Author,
New York, NY : Fordham University Press, [2020]
1 online resource (144 pages) : 17
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Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
Photography -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Local subjects:
1960s. (search)
California. (search)
Japanese Americans. (search)
Photography. (search)
childhood. (search)
cuisine. (search)
gay sexuality. (search)
love. (search)
maternal. (search)
summer of love. (search)
the child. (search)
utopia. (search)
water. (search)
In English.
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A vivid, imaginative response to the sensual and erotic in postwar American photography, with attention to the beauty of the nude, both male and femaleWhen photographer Coda Gray befriends a family with a special interest in a young boy, the motivation behind his special attention is difficult to grasp, "like water slipping through our fingers." Can a man innocently love a boy who is not his own?Using fiction to reveal the truths about families, communities, art objects, love, and mourning, Like a Lake tells the story of ten-year-old Nico, who lives with his father (an Italian- American architect) and his mother (a Japanese-American sculptor who learned how to draw while interned during World War II). Set in the 1960s, this is a story of aesthetic perfection waiting to be broken. Nico's midcentury modern house, with its Italian pottery jars along the outside and its interior lit by Japanese lanterns. The elephant-hide gray, fiberglass-reinforced plastic 1951 Eames rocking chair, with metal legs and birch runners. Clam consommé with kombu, giant kelp, yuzu rind, and a little fennel-in each bowl, two clams opened like a pair of butterflies, symbols of the happy couple. Nico's boyish delight in developing photographs under the red safety light of Coda's "Floating Zendo"- the darkroom boat that he keeps on Lake Tahoe. The lives of Nico, his parents, and Coda embody northern California's postwar landscape, giving way to fissures of alternative lifestyles and poetic visions. Author Carol Mavor addresses the sensuality and complexity of a son's love for his mother and that mother's own erotic response to it. The relationship between the mother and son is paralleled by what it means for a boy to be a model for a male photographer and to be his muse. Just as water can freeze into snow and ice, melt back into water, and steam, love takes on new forms with shifts of atmosphere. Like a Lake's haunting images and sensations stay with the reader.
Millions of Years Ago
My Nico
Unfolding a Flood
Turning the Key
The Memory of Lake Tahoe
My Mother's Eyes
My Mother
By Chance
When Bamboo Shoots Poke Their Heads out of the Earth
Blue Rambler
Tender Buttons
Refusing to be Plucked
We Want Roses
She Sleeps with Him Every Night
She-Wolf Made of Rock
Blue Ticket
Learning to Swim
Floating Studio, Floating Zendo
Fannette Island
Floating Zendos and Mentorgartens
I Learned about Snowflakes
I Learned about the Birds of Lake Tahoe
Summer Snow Cake
Love or Affection
Mary's Dream
Each Other's Pockets
Black Cloth
Brown Kimono
Something Broke
The Voice of the Lake
Moon Writing
No Name for Him
What's in a Name?
Like Piles of Laundry?
Frozen Pond
Coda's Dream
Like Mother and Son
Fifteen Good Prints
Glass Moon
Tsukimi Udon (Moon Noodles)
Walking Underwater
Open My Heart
Like Rice on Chopsticks
Like a Sequence of Poems
Waiting, Still
Blue Marble
Something Like Love
Afterword (Afterward): Like the Navel of My Dream of N
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De Gruyter.
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780823289349 doi
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