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*Read Epub õ Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America ⛑ From the beloved Pulitzer Prize winning poet an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition Gregory Pardlo s father was a brilliant and charismatic man a leading labor organizer who presided over a happy suburban family of four But when he loses his job following the famous air traffic controllers strike of , he succumbs to addiction and exhausts the family s money on and ostentatious whims In the face of this troubling model and disillusioned presence in the household, young Gregory rebels Struggling to distinguish himself on his own terms, he hustles off to Marine Corps boot camp He moves across the world, returning to the United States only to take a job as a manager cum barfly at his family s jazz club Air Traffic follows Gregory as he builds a life that honors his history without allowing it to define his future Slowly, he embraces the challenges of being a poet, a son, and a father as he enters recovery for alcoholism and tends to his family In this memoir, written in lyrical and sparkling prose, Gregory tries to free himself from the overwhelming expectations of race and class, and from the tempting yet ruinous legacy of American masculinity Air Traffic is a richly realized, deeply felt ode to one man s remarkable father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating yet redemptive ties of family It is also a scrupulous, searing examination of how manhood can be fashioned in our cultural landscape For me, this was reallyof a 3.5 or 3.75 stars I love the author s choice of words throughout He can WRITE As others have said, the book is reallya collection of essays than a typical memoir.To be honest, I probably never would have chosen to read this if I didn t know the author although we were never close and haven t really stayed in touch over the years We lived in the same neighborhood, went to the same elementary, middle and high schools at the same time and I graduated a ye For me, this was reallyof a 3.5 or 3.75 stars I love the author s choice of words throughout He can WRITE As others have said, the book is reallya collection of essays than a typical memoir.To be honest, I probably never would have chosen to read this if I didn t know the author although we were never close and haven t really stayed in touch over the years We lived in the same neighborhood, went to the same elementary, middle and high schools at the same time and I graduated a year ahead of him I never really thought about living on the rich side of the park because our house was on the other side of Twin Hills Drive I did relate to the difference in educational quality between Willingboro and neighboring towns and schools I spent most of my first year of college struggling because I didn t have the same basic knowledge as my classmates The same thing happened when I went to graduate school With all of that said, Air Traffic is not a light or easy read I found it worth the time to dig in and engage with the stories told Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good Sadly this was not one of those times The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on Intervention, my curiosity was piqued even further I m a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffic controllers, so this was news to me But I was enthralled by the elder Pardlo s description of the complexity of the job, of having to keep so many planes in the air at different speeds and altitudes and knowing how I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on Intervention, my curiosity was piqued even further I m a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffic controllers, so this was news to me But I was enthralled by the elder Pardlo s description of the complexity of the job, of having to keep so many planes in the air at different speeds and altitudes and knowing how differently each aircraft responds to various wind speeds I m glad Pardlo does mention that the civil service had been fairly well integrated until President Woodrow Wilson segregated it oncethis is a fact that needs to become common knowledge onceUnfortunately, I had a hard time really getting into this book I adore memoirs, especially by people who aren t A list celebrities, but this one left me a bit cold At times Pardlo s writing is quite overwrought, but I do realize that he s a poet Pardlo can also be rather harsh on his father, himself, and his brother It was a bit disconcerting at times He s very honest and raw, but sometimes the reader wishes for a bitdiplomacy A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet It s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr was an air traffic controller and labor organizer who was fired by Ronald Reagan during the infamous air traffic controllers strike in 1981 It s a mostly complicated and at times painful relationship with his father and the book issuccessfu A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet It s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr was an air traffic controller and labor organizer who was fired by Ronald Reagan during the infamous air traffic controllers strike in 1981 It s a mostly complicated and at times painful relationship with his father and the book issuccessful when we re allowed entree into their world The book is about family, manhood, substance abuse and navigating through life s rough patches that grew increasingly hostile after the father lost his position and the family suffered financially and emotionally afterwards According to the author, the book was originally intended to be a book of essays and not a memoir and the middle to latter part of the book unintentionally readslike essays This unfortunately makes up about a fourth of the book Overall, a very revealing and heartbreaking book at times, by a wonderful writer who I was totally unfamiliar with I must check out his books of poetry.3.5 stars