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Folds in the Map: Stories of Life's Unlikely Intersections

af Jeff Bauer

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Folds in the Map is a collection of essays and stories by emerging author Jeff Bauer. In these pages, he embarks on an earnest, touching journey to discover the places where we feel most connected as human beings - to each other, to nature, and to the world around us. From the bottom of a bomb crater in Laos, to a refugee camp on the Sudanese border, to the side of a Panamanian volcano, and back home again to the frozen January streets of Minnesota, Folds in the Map is a moving, intensely personal exploration of shared experience and unlikely intersection… (mere)
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This is not the sort of book I usually review, in fact I haven’t ever encountered a modern collection of essays before. At the start I wasn’t really sure that I would appreciate the book, but it soon began to captivate me.

The essays range from an account of climbing up a volcano together with the spirit of Sir Isaac Newton to teaching “rules of art” to children in a refugee camp in Eastern Chad, to one containing the author’s pet hates, mostly the Kardashians –and I understand him though I have no clue who the Kardashians are, only seen the name of the TV-programme on them innumerable times – my intuition has warned me to steer well away from this programme, and not even take a peek at it.

As regards the volcano trip with Sir Isaac, the author and his wife, I have this question for the author – why so many accusative-infinitive constructions in the Latin version of Sir Isaac’s comments (I’m afraid my Latin isn’t quite up to par)?

It turned out that the Sir Isaac essay was about relationships, how to ensure that they keep working well. Relationships change, and you have to work to keep them in balance. “You have to build it and rebuild it every single day. Sometimes tear part of it down and try something different.”

I like the essay about the Rules of Art. The author and an interpreter are in a refugee camp in Eastern Chad and the author is conducting an art class. The interpreter insists on the children being given rules, so Jeff comes up with the following rules – Rule 1: There are no mistakes in art. Rule 2: Use your imagination. Art is a way to tell your stories without words. Rule 3: Your mind is powerful, Use it to create the world you want to see.

These are touching accounts of the contact between Jeff and the refugee children.

Another striking essay is the one about the plagued street person who forces his way into Jeff’s car, and their ensuing encounter.

But the essay that particularly warmed my heart to Jeff was the one about his short career in telemarketing.

I hate telemarketers, and think they should be banned by law. Jeff is instructed by his boss not to let anyone off the phone until they’ve said “no” at least three times. Jeff is initially a successful telemarketer, the best, but then his heart opens to the lonely senior citizens he talks to. All they want is someone to talk to. Jeff with his open heart stops trying to sell anything at all. He asks people about their lives and their families. He listens to their stories and answers their questions about his life and plans for the future.

Jeff knows what to prioritize. He has a warm heart, and this is why I so appreciated this book.

Thus, I greatly recommend this well-written book, which ranges over many fields of information; but the connecting thread in the book is communication from person to person, from heart to heart. ( )
  IonaS | Nov 30, 2013 |
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Folds in the Map is a collection of essays and stories by emerging author Jeff Bauer. In these pages, he embarks on an earnest, touching journey to discover the places where we feel most connected as human beings - to each other, to nature, and to the world around us. From the bottom of a bomb crater in Laos, to a refugee camp on the Sudanese border, to the side of a Panamanian volcano, and back home again to the frozen January streets of Minnesota, Folds in the Map is a moving, intensely personal exploration of shared experience and unlikely intersection

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