In this Book

Revertigo
summary
One March morning, writer Floyd Skloot was inexplicably struck by an attack of unrelenting vertigo that ended 138 days later as suddenly as it had begun. With body and world askew, everything familiar had transformed. Nothing was ever still. Revertigo is Skloot’s account of that unceasingly vertiginous period, told in an inspired and appropriately off-kilter form.
            This intimate memoir—tenuous, shifting, sometimes humorous—demonstrates Skloot’s considerable literary skill honed as an award-winning essayist, memoirist, novelist, and poet. His recollections of a strange, spinning world prompt further musings on the forces of uncertainty, change, and displacement that have shaped him from childhood to late middle age, repeatedly knocking him awry, realigning his hopes and plans, even his perceptions. From the volatile forces of his mercurial, shape-shifting early years to his obsession with reading, acting, and writing, from the attack of vertigo to a trio of postvertigo (but nevertheless dizzying) journeys to Spain and England, and even to a place known only in his mother’s unhinged fantasies, Skloot makes sense of a life’s phantasmagoric unpredictability.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-2
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 3-8
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part One: O Wondrous Transformation!
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. Some Things Nearly So, Others Nearly Not: The King and I and Me
  2. pp. 11-26
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. Senior Speech
  2. pp. 27-41
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. Beep Beep
  2. pp. 42-56
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part Two: On and Off the Page
  2. pp. 57-58
  1. 4. Playing the Cock
  2. pp. 59-72
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. The Bottom Shelf: On Novels I Keep Trying and Failing to Read
  2. pp. 73-87
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. The Top Shelf: On Books I Need Beside Me
  2. pp. 88-103
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. Something to Marvel At: Discovering Jules Verne at Sixty
  2. pp. 104-118
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part Three: A Spinning World
  2. pp. 119-120
  1. 8. The Side Effect of Side Effects
  2. pp. 121-128
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. Revertigo
  2. pp. 129-139
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10. Sway Me Smooth: Soundtrack for an MRI of the Brain
  2. pp. 140-155
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11. Anniversary Fever
  2. pp. 156-164
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part Four: Cartwheelson the Moon
  2. pp. 165-166
  1. 12. Elliptical Journey
  2. pp. 167-180
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 13. To Land’s End and Back: A 1,512-Mile Drive Around Southern England
  2. pp. 181-197
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 14. The Famous Recipe
  2. pp. 198-213
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.