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Sounding for Cool

Sounding for Cool is about self-transformation, about growing up on one’s own as a product of contemporary America, and about how to become not just a man, but a contributing adult in society. Donald Morrill presents the day-to-day lives of seven young men (white, black, Hispanic, immigrant, middle-class, thick-headed, poor, and smart), who for various reasons have become homeless. Placed in a Transitional Living Program facility (TLP) by the courts, these men must learn to navigate in the world of “normal” values and reasonable rules. Streetwise and callow, trained to seek shortcuts or to make excuses, they struggle with the structures and assumptions inherent in living a law-abiding, bill-paying life. While sorting out their souls, they learn how to connect with others.
     In turn, Sounding for Cool scrutinizes the staff of the TLP, one woman and three men, who variously come to terms with their lives by settling accounts from the past. As a TLP volunteer, Donald Morrill often finds himself bridging the gap between staff and client. In the process of telling their stories, he chronicles his own journey to understand the past. Ultimately, Sounding for Cool asks the enduring questions, “Who am I in the world and what can I become?”

Publication Date: March 31st, 2002
277 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Donald Morrill is a professor of English at the University of Tampa and poetry editor of the Tampa Review. He is the author of two previous books of nonfiction, most recently Sounding for Cool, and a book of poetry, At the Bottom of the Sky. He was born in Des Moines, and studied at the University of Florida with UI alumnus and long-time UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Donald Justice. Morrill has worked as a truck driver, forklift operator, frozen food manager, and telephone solicitor. From 1985 to 1987, he taught at Jilin University, Changchun, China, and was a Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Lodz, Poland. In 1996, Morrill won the Emerging Writers in Creative Nonfiction Award from Duquesne University Press.

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