Vanishing Point Not a Memoir

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/30/2010
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press

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In this adventurous exploration of the "I" in American culture, Ander Monson grapples with the lure of self-interest and self-presentation. While setting out to describe his service as head juror at the trial of Michael Antwone Jordan, he can't help but veer off into an examination of his own transgressions, inadvertent and otherwise. He filters his private experience of the public funeral ceremony for Gerald R. Ford through the music of New Order. He considers his attraction to the chemically concocted flavors of Doritos and his disappointment in the plain, natural corn chip, and finds that the manufactured, artificial form, at least in snacks, is ultimately a more rewarding experience than the "truth."

Author Biography

Ander Monson is the author of Neck Deep and Other Predicaments, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize; the novel Other Electricities; and the poetry collections Vacationland and The Available World. He lives in Arizona and edits the magazine Diagram.

Table of Contents

How-Top. 1
Voir Direp. 3
Assembloir: Disclaimerp. 25
Vanishing Point: Former Cityp. 35
The Essay Vanishesp. 41
Vanishing Point: Panerap. 63
Exteriorityp. 67
Ander Alertp. 77
Vanishing Point: Middle West, Citizenshipp. 87
Solipsismp. 93
Ceremonyp. 105
Interiorityp. 119
Assembloir: On Significancep. 125
Geasp. 129
Vanishing Point: Cityp. 143
Transubstantiationp. 147
Well That's One Thing We Gotp. 165
Assembloir: Ending Meditationp. 173
Vanishing Point for Solo Voicep. 183
Notesp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 191
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A fascinating autobiographical writing April 2, 2011
In this textbook the author strikes a balance between self-aware genre exploration and more open, familiar first-person address, so that one never feels left out of the conversation, even as Monson experiments. Some of these essays originally appeared individually, but I was struck by how coherently they work in the order they're presented, so that unlikely motifs occur--who would have guessed that the world's largest ball of paint could accrue so many meanings (like the object itself, an effect not lost on Monson)? This is a beautiful textbook, and I would encourage readers interested in the memoir form to read it.
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