Synopses & Reviews
One March morning, writer Floyd Skloot was inexplicably struck by an attack of unrelenting vertigo that ended 138 days later as suddenly as it had begun. With body and world askew, everything familiar had transformed. Nothing was ever still. Revertigo
is Skloot's account of that unceasingly vertiginous period, told in an inspired and appropriately off-kilter form.
This intimate memoir tenuous, shifting, sometimes humorous demonstrates Skloot's considerable literary skill honed as an award-winning essayist, memoirist, novelist, and poet. His recollections of a strange, spinning world prompt further musings on the forces of uncertainty, change, and displacement that have shaped him from childhood to late middle age, repeatedly knocking him awry, realigning his hopes and plans, even his perceptions. From the volatile forces of his mercurial, shape-shifting early years to his obsession with reading, acting, and writing, from the attack of vertigo to a trio of postvertigo (but nevertheless dizzying) journeys to Spain and England, and even to a place known only in his mothers unhinged fantasies, Skloot makes sense of a life's phantasmagoric unpredictability.
A sophisticated yet highly entertaining example of how memoir should serve us.” Ron Slate, author of Incentive of the Maggot, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry
A beautifully written, moving account. Who would have imagined that a memoir exploring months of extreme vertigo and decades of neurological turbulence would be filled with so much joy and optimism? This gentle, wise, and perceptive memoir never fails to surprise.” Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire
Acclaimed writer Floyd Skloot offers an intimate, faceted memoir of debilitating vertigo and other experiences that knocked him awry from childhood to late middle age.
About the Author
Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, essayist, poet, and novelist who lives in Portland, Oregon, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the recipient of many awards, including three Pushcart Prizes and the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction. His writing has appeared in such distinguished magazines as the New York Times Magazine
, Atlantic Monthly
, and American Scholar
, and his eighteen books include The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writers Life
. In 2010, Poets and Writers
named him among 50 of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World.”
Table of Contents
Part One: O Wondrous Transformation!
1 Some Things Nearly So, Others Nearly Not: The King and I and Me
2 Senior Speech
3 Beep Beep
Part Two: On and Off the Page
4 Playing the Cock
5 The Bottom Shelf: On Novels I Keep Trying and Failing to Read
6 The Top Shelf: On Books I Need Beside Me
7 Something to Marvel At: Discovering Jules Verne at Sixty
Part Three: A Spinning World
8 The Side Effect of Side Effects
10 Sway Me Smooth: Soundtrack for an MRI of the Brain
11 Anniversary Fever
Part Four: Cartwheels on the Moon
12 Elliptical Journey
13 To Lands End and Back: A 1,512-Mile Drive Around Southern England
14 The Famous Recipe