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ISBN13: 9780974436470
ISBN10: 097443647x
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Of Walking in Rain is the latest literary output from the one-man stone Oregon publishing empire that is Matt Love. His devotion to and celebration of all things Beaver State is often infectious (and perhaps ought to be classified as a contagion). His newest work, a stylistic torrent, is a paean to Oregon's "most famous cultural asset" — rain. As he's wont to do in nearly all of his books, Love, amidst the deluge of rain-related reflections, recollections, and rants, offers a veritable flood of opinions on politicians, education and teaching, football, and sex, incorporating no shortage of literary and lyrical allusions to his favorite singers, songs, and scribes (especially Ken Kesey).
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Nestucca Spit Press announces the release of Of Walking in Rain, by Matt Love, who calculates that 1.5 tons of rain have fallen on him during his 16 years living on the Oregon Coast.

In October 2012, as the longest summer drought in recorded Oregon history finally gave way to the rainy season, author Matt Love decided to write a book in real time reflecting upon the state's most famous cultural asset and what it means to live in one the rainiest places on earth. "When this project began, I had no idea where it was going. Rain is like that. I did, however, have the modest ambition to write the greatest book on rain in the history of Oregon literature," said Love. Three months later, Love produced a unique volume about rain that has very little to do with weather and everything to do with life.

In the book, Love writes:

I want to be the Tom Petty, Henry Miller, Harriet Tubman, Steve Prefontaine, Gale Sayers and Daniel of the lion's den of Oregon rain. Rain plays chess and solitaire with you at the same time. Rain sets up spontaneous stages for unrehearsed performances. Rain brings mountains down to the sea. All my great notions manifest in rain. Threat of rain culls the weaklings. Rain strops those who walk into it. I have divined many of life's most important intentions in rain. Using an umbrella is like turning off the light before sex. What would happen to our country if we elected a President from the Oregon Coast who knew rain and loved it? I love the smell of wet dogs in the morning — it smells like victory. I'd rather fall in love with a woman of rain, not the sun or moon, but of course, rain isn't for everyone as I have discovered. Rain portends nothing. It means everything.

Of Walking in Rain is a 190-page work of creative non-fiction that assays the ubiquitous subject of rain in Oregon in as many ways as rain falls in Oregon. It was written during the four wettest months of the second rainiest year in Newport history. The book blends an eclectic variety of literary genres, including memoir, essay, vignette, diary, reportage, guide, criticism, satire, stream of consciousness, homework, meditation, review, commentary, oral history, weather report, discography, liner notes, polemic, curriculum and confession. Of Walking in Rain also features the exquisite etchings of rain by renowned artist Frank Boyden. The book was printed by Pioneer Printing in Newport and is distributed exclusively through Nestucca Spit Press' web site, independent bookstores and at live events.

About the Author

Matt Love is the author/editor of ten books about Oregon, including, the best selling Far Out Story of Vortex I, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon's Sesquicentennial Anthology, Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker and The Newport Trilogy. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts' Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach and teaches creative writing and journalism at Newport High School.

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lukas, March 10, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
Matt Love has become something of the unofficial poet laureate of Oregon, writing about the Blazers, the making of "Sometimes a Great Notion," the Vortex 1 festival, and the Oregon coast, where he's lived and taught for years. This impressionistic, free-wheeling, conversational book is, as the title indicates, about rain, a subject every Oregonian, both native and transplant, knows something about. Arranged as a sort of journal, Love doesn't follow any particular path, but his observations and anecdotes are usually wry and amusing, although as someone who slogged though Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion," I'm sure I'll grant it the status of "the greatest book on rain in the history of Oregon literature." Fun fact: I had a government class with him when he taught high school.
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Ann Dowdy, January 18, 2015 (view all comments by Ann Dowdy)
This book brings back memories of all of the years I lived in Oregon. Read with caution, it can make you homesick.
Thanks for memories, Matt Love!
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CCupcakeQueen, August 1, 2014 (view all comments by CCupcakeQueen)

When I picked-up Matt Love’s, of Walking in Rain, I wondered what Love could teach me, a native Oregonian, about my long time companion, Rain. At best his work would skirt at the edge of the same romanticized clichés those of us from the Pacific Northwest have come to revere about our friend. After all, we are abuntantly clear why any self-respecting Oregonian would not use an umbrella. We bike, walk, play, sing and dance in the rain. We adore rain. Was there anything left to be said about rain in Oregon?

As I closed on the first entry of Walking in Rain dated, October 5, 2012, I had my answer. “Rain is uneven and that casts the spell. Rain has never fallen the same way twice and I liken its varied composition to snowflakes, fingerprints and lips (pg. 10).” I understood. Love’s words were like no other writing of rain I have read and it was evident I did not know my companion as well as I had imagined.

Love artfully leads the reader through the labyrinth of his obsessions incorporating rain into each crevice of his professional and personal life. Oregonians will appreciate the nod Love gives to quirky state and local politics, as well as the many recognizable venues and events. All of which are presented through the unique lenses of rain.

The candor and introspection of the author will, at times, cause one to feel they have been peeking through the blinds at a secret they weren’t meant to see, but wouldn’t dare miss. “She always wanted to hear rain. In short order, we started kissing, our shoes came off, and we went down to the yellow shag carpet (pg. 39).”

When the final page of Walking in Rain was turned, I sank into the memory of a particular passage only found by those who cannot bear to overlook a single word. Of course, you’ll have to find this one on your own.

“You probably wouldn’t say a word, which is everything there is worth saying.”

I had no choice but to stop and revel in the shear perfection of the words.
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9780974436470
Author:
Love, Matt
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NESTUCCA SPIT PRESS
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Of Walking in Rain is the latest literary output from the one-man stone Oregon publishing empire that is Matt Love. His devotion to and celebration of all things Beaver State is often infectious (and perhaps ought to be classified as a contagion). His newest work, a stylistic torrent, is a paean to Oregon's "most famous cultural asset" — rain. As he's wont to do in nearly all of his books, Love, amidst the deluge of rain-related reflections, recollections, and rants, offers a veritable flood of opinions on politicians, education and teaching, football, and sex, incorporating no shortage of literary and lyrical allusions to his favorite singers, songs, and scribes (especially Ken Kesey).

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