Neck Deep and Other Predicaments: Essays

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Graywolf Press, Jan 23, 2007 - Literary Collections - 190 pages
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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.

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User Review  - giovannigf - LibraryThing

Monson's conventional essays are intelligent, very well written and often funny in an understated way, despite the "offbeat" topics (frisbee golf, automated car washes, telegrams, etc.). But I ended ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An eccentric, idiosyncratic collection of essays, most previously published (some online only), on topics ranging from car washes to high-school felonies to the nature of prose itself, from Monson ... Read full review


Have Been Thinking about Snow
Adventures in Bourgeois Topologies
Index for X and the Origin of Fires

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About the author (2007)

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.

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