Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On: Observations Then and Now (Hardcover)

Observations Then and Now

By Frank Conroy

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780618154685, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2002



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.

Praise For Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On: Observations Then and Now

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.
Entertainment Weekly

Seemingly effortless, entirely transportive.
Kirkus Reviews

Conroy delivers a running commentary on life in this collection of articles and essays, at once subtle and dazzling...
Publishers Weekly

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