Neck Deep and Other Predicaments by Ander Monson
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Neck Deep and Other Predicaments is an innovative and engaging nonfiction debut by “an original new voice” (Publishers Weekly) and the winner of the 2006 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize In this sparkling nonfiction debut, Ander Monson uses unexpectedly nonliterary forms—the index, the Harvard Outline, the mathematical proof—to delve into an equally surprising mix of obsessions: disc golf, the history of mining in northern Michigan, car washes, topology, and more. He reflects on his outsider experience at an exclusive Detroit-area boarding school in the form of a criminal history and invents a new form as he meditates on snow.
 

About Ander Monson

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Ander Monson is the author of the novel Other Electricities and the poetry collection Vacationland. He lives in Michigan and is editor of the magazine DIAGRAM and of the New Michigan Press.
 
Published January 23, 2007 by Graywolf Press. 190 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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There are a few genial pieces, about car washes and disc (Frisbee) golf, though a talented undergraduate could have produced them.

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in his first nonfiction book, poet and novelist Monson (Vacationland ) offers a parade of quirky, at times avant-garde methods for exploring his obsessions with everything from Frisbee golf (“The Long Crush”) to car washes (“The Big and Sometimes Colored Foam: Four Annotated Car...

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Of course David Foster Wallace writes essays (and is editing this fall’s Best American Essays, which should be fascinating), though finding contemporary fiction writers who also write nonfiction is pretty easy (Cynthia Ozick, Milan Kundera, William Gass...

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Hint: His father teaches on the same campus as Ander Monson, as discussed in the Appendix.) 2 The ancient Greek way of inscribing text which travels across the page "like plows moving back-and-forth across a field."

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