I just finished your book. So many emotions, connections, and feelings came to me through your words. Sitting on our couch with your book, Miss Edith my cat; jumped up to my shoulder & buried her head under my chin. We were both quiet—no one moved. She knew that something different had just happened to me after putting down your book. I shared my feelings about you to her and she understood.Page 40. “….to know myself, to be myself, to fulfill my destiny here on earth as the son of God, as I knew first as a child that I was.”
David Kherdian offers brief glimpses of some formative chapters in his life, including his time in grade school, the US Army, the Root River friends, and writing his own material. In a sense this narrative expounds upon this chapter opening: "A writer's apprenticeship is a never-ending thing. It cannot be chosen--as apprenticeship--because it is impossible to know what it is, or how to acquire it, or how it ends and when it will end--or even if it ever will end..." (p. 19). So we learn a little about the Kherdian family, the Beat Poets, William Saroyan, and more--portions of a journey we all take in different ways.
How wonderful—from the first sentence I fought between reading straight through – because the prose was so moving—and putting the book down to make it last and savor the sentences. Some of my favorite passages—the opening paragraph of chapter 8 is about as perfect as can be; and page 31 should be required reading for all writers; and “it is the writer, I would come to understand, and not the reader that must suffer” should be mandatory above every writer’s desk.
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. - March 31, 2017 - PRLog -- Prominent Armenian-American Author David Kherdian is proud to announce the publication of his short memoir titled Starting From San Francisco: A Life In Writing. In this short insightful memoir, Kherdian takes us on his long journey to become a writer: a journey of self-discovery and deliverance to a life he could not believe he would ever achieve. Following him, we often forget what he is searching for, but what does become apparent are the revealing patterns of his life that unfold uncontrollably, as determined by his fate, that he must uncover before he can realize his true destiny. This little book, a writer's testimony, also becomes a reader's story, as we move through and beyond Kherdian to find where each of us stands, for none of us can avoid the journey of our lives, and why we turn to artists - whose visions often provide a lens by which we can see our own lives.
The book is available for purchase on Amazon, Kindle (e-Book) and other retailers or through author's website. Signed copies are available through author's website at www.kherdian.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Kherdian's reputation is spread over all the genres he has worked in, from his many books, to the three journals he edited, as well as his three small presses. He was the first to place ethnic-American writers within the canon of American literature, which he accomplished through anthologies and journals, and just as importantly with his own writings. As an editor, writer, and publisher, Kherdian has always been ahead of his time; he comes down the long intermittent line of mystic American poets, namely Walt Whitman, Henry Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson—poets who are rarely valued in their lifetimes.
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