Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On
Observations Then and Now
By Frank Conroy
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780618154685, 240pp.)
Publication Date: April 2002
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For thirty years, Frank Conroy's commentaries on life, music, and writing have appeared regularly in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, and GQ. DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN ROLLS ON collects these pieces into an autobiography in journalistic snapshots. They evoke Conroy's southern childhood, his teen years in New York as a truant hanging out at pool halls and Harlem jazz clubs, his first glimmers of the power of language and the writing life in college, his romantic life, and his experiences as a teacher and as director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Here, too, are profiles of the musicians he has come to know -- and jammed with: Keith Jarrett, Wynton Marsalis, Peter Serkin, even the Rolling Stones.
New essays fill out the collection from Conroy's wry retrospective viewpoint. DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN ROLLS ON is imbued with the honesty, humor, and insight that made his memoir STOP-TIME a classic.
FRANK CONROY is the director of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist.
Barking can be interpreted as an unleashed enthusiasm/eagerness...This superb blend of personal essays and journalistic articles certainly proves that...
The Chicago Sun-Times
Uniformly well written, amiable, smart and, in this age of literary narcissism, something unusual: almost wholly self-absorbed, yet self-effacing.
The Washington Post
Conroy combines improvisational oomph with meticulous control when writing about Wynton Marsalis and his own history at the pool table.
Seemingly effortless, entirely transportive.
Conroy delivers a running commentary on life in this collection of articles and essays, at once subtle and dazzling...
Highly enjoyable and illuminating..."Dogs Bark" is simply one of the best books published in a long, long time.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Interesting and well-done anthology Library Journal