A collection of four novellas, Different Seasons includes some of Stephen King's most enduring and well-known works, including "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption," which was made into the film The Shawshank Redemption, and "The Body," which was made into the movie Stand by Me. For this entry in the Bookmarked series, Aaron Burch, editor of the literary journal Hobart,A collection of four novellas, Different Seasons includes some of Stephen King's most enduring and well-known works, including "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption," which was made into the film The Shawshank Redemption, and "The Body," which was made into the movie Stand by Me. For this entry in the Bookmarked series, Aaron Burch, editor of the literary journal Hobart, will focus on the influence of "The Body" on his life and work.Aaron Burch's fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including The &NOW Awards, The Best Innovative Writing, Another Chicago magazine, New York Tyrant, Los Angeles Review, and Barrelhouse. His chapbook, How to Take Yourself Apart, How to Make Yourself Anew, was published by PANK as the winner of their inaugural chapbook contest. He is the founding and current editor of the literary journal Hobart....
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Stephen King's The Body Reviews
We are the same age, graduated high school the same year, share a deep deep love of nostalgia for nostalgia's sake. I already loved "Stand By Me" and now only love it more. Evocative and heartfelt, Burch writes a gem. "The most important things are the hardest things to say." [More of my review + my interview w/Aaron forthcoming this summer @ WhiskeyPaper.]
Just finished and enjoyed the heck out of Stephen King’s The Body, Bookmarked, the new book by Aaron Burch that is a lot more than a book about the novella and movie that helped define him. Like Aaron, I saw Stand By Me long before I read the novella on which it’s based, and I still watch it regularly, and its pleasures remain timeless. Like Aaron, most of my childhood reading involved subscriptions to Beckett Baseball Card Monthly and Nintendo Power, but somehow both of us have become writers and teachers. What’s so charming about Aaron’s book, however, essentially a coming-of-age memoir with this lens of one influential novella and movie, is how much it isn’t about the movie or the novella even as both anchor the various chapters. As writers, we are taught to get at the universal through the specific, and even though I’m a huge fan of Stand By Me as well as the novella on which it’s based, I’d be shocked if readers unfamiliar with either didn’t find plenty to love in Aaron’s unique memoir. Which, I think, is the point and the pleasure of IG Publishing’s Bookmarked series, which you might have seen profiled in a recent issue of Poets & Writers. When somebody tells me a book is great or that a book is the best, I’m never as interested as I am when people can articulate for me why a book is their favorite. It’s that subjectivity of one’s own experience that has opened doors into a book—or a movie or a show or music—more than objective criticism ever has.
This was ok. The author is a creative writing professor and the movie "Stand by Me" had a great effect on him. The courses he teaches always centre around the coming-of-age theme and he uses King's "The Body" for study. The book talks a lot about nostalgia with the author turning it into a part memoir of his own coming-of-age. He examines some scenes in the movie and the book also comparing the two. I just found it to be more about the author, Aaron Burch, who I really am not interested in knowing about his personal life. The book being short held my attention long enough to finish it. BTW, "Stand By Me" is also one of my all time favourites which I've watched many more times than I've read "The Body". Each I read and saw first the years of publication.
I might be biased because I like Aaron Burch so much as a person, but the reasons I like him are the same reasons I like this book so much. The Body: Bookmarked feels like drinking a beer with an old friend, finding out how they're doing... not the day-to-day version, but how they're really doing, the stuff that comes out after the second, or third, or fourth beer. Aaron explores friendship, nostalgia, buffalo, teaching, marriage. And of course, Stand By Me. It shouldn't work, which is precisely why it works so well. This book is a hunk of life. It feels real because it is real. It's an antidote to all the bullshit in the world, and--like the book/movie that inspired it--a reminder that genuine human friendship is the only thing that matters.
Super compelling and messy in a way similar to great, sprawling art (here, I'm thinking of the Clash's Sandinista or the films of PT Anderson)—although Burch's book does it in just over 100 pages. There's a lot of academic analysis mixed with personal rawness that I think makes this work more ambitious and emotionally honest than most anything I've read in some time. He admits in the work that he doesn't really write non-fiction, which is surprising cuz this is so good.
In Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked Aaron Burch uses King's novella as a springboard into telling his own life and how the novella has influenced him. Burch does exactly what the Bookmarked series asks its writers to do, basically write a personal reflection on an important work in that writer's life. The premise sounds wonderful to me and I hope to read others in this series but this particular volume did not particularly appeal to me. As unfair as it feels to form an opinion about a person from such a short and focused (in theory) work I just did not care for or about Burch. I was far from disliking him, nothing nearly so negative, I just didn't care. It came off to me as him mostly tooting his own horn about what he has done and does do. Oddly enough I can easily imagine liking him in real life but this particular introduction just left me disinterested. Maybe I was expecting something more along the lines of how the work taught him lessons and that was why it influenced him but what it looked like to me was that he simply related to the movie and has formed his professional life around coming-of-age narratives. I want to emphasize that a work like this works very much on a level different from most other works. While memoir-like it is not a memoir, at least it isn't supposed to be. Yet it is very personal just the same. A reader's interest will likely ride as much on how they hear the writer's voice as on what the writer says. I found many of the ideas easy to relate to and thought back to my own youth. I just became tired of the writer's voice. This is perhaps an even more subjective and personal response as compared to one tempered by reading fiction or even a true memoir where one expects to read self-congratulatory comments and so are prepared.I would still recommend this book simply because for every thing that annoyed me there will be people moved and interested. The book is not about King's novella, nor is it supposed to be. I was expecting something that would play back and forth between the novella and Burch rather than a book about Burch with periodic nods to the novella. Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via Edelweiss.
Gerrard sam. Densley
The art of reflection is something that many of us have lost, because we so often cut it short, which prevents us from getting to the interior nuggets, to the things about ourselves and our lives that will surprise us. In Stephen King's The Body, Burch meditates on certain turns of phrase, certain images. He connects them, through memoir and lists, through equations, to his life. He meditates on the sometimes-tenuous line between fiction and memoir, using Stephen King's novella, The Body, as the framework. Burch is tender with the novella and with himself. Over the course of the memoir, we get glimpses into Burch's childhood and young adult life. We're given a window into the way his relationship with his wife formed, how it solidified, and where it's become difficult (so different from the social media versions of our lives). It's not hard to see how the moments from his own life Burch chooses to parallel with The Body are also moments of transition, moments from which there is a definite before and after.If you're like Burch (and like me), you've read The Body again and again. You've watched Stand By Me several (dozen) times over. You've got certain lines, certain images that haunt you. Maybe this is the story that pushed you to a love of reading, writing, or film. Maybe this is the story that haunts you because you had your own Gordie, Chris, Vern, or Teddy. Maybe you still do.If so, read the book. If not, read The Body, watch Stand by Me, and then read the book. It'll be waiting.