Berkeley English Faculty

Thomas Farber

Thomas Farber

Senior Lecturer

Wheeler Hall, room 476
by appt weds 1:45-2:45 in my office; and weds 6-7 @106 mulford hall
tfar@berkeley.edu
510-644-4193

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Here and Gone

Turning seventy, author Thomas Farber appraises the writing life, aging, love, his own fate, and ours.   Thomas Farber's writing has always been characterized by the tension between the concision of its execution and the immensity of its concerns. H....(read more)

Foregone Conclusions: Equivoques, Aperçus, Spars & Catarrhs
Foregone Conclusions: Equivoques, Aperçus, Spars & Catarrhs

Epigram: a terse observation aspiring to the universal and irreducible. Generally about human foible or fate. Relies on paradox, hyperbole, or wordplay to compel a flash of recognition. Kissing cousin of axioms, parables, maxims, apothegms, and Zen ....(read more)

FIELDS:
Brief Nudity
Brief Nudity

Philip Larkin wrote of the moment in life when our "innate assumptions" and daily habits "Suddenly harden into all we've got." This beautifully written memoir dwells in that moment, its call to self-judgment, its unexpected openness to possibility. ....(read more)

A Lover's Quarrel: On Writing and the Writing Life
A Lover's Quarrel: On Writing and the Writing Life

Collecting Thomas Farber's nonfiction on writing and the writing life, A Lover's Quarrel contains this gifted author's meditation on his vocation. Anatomist, ironist, and moralist, Farber achieves effects of luminous integrity with deceptively simpl....(read more)