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About the Author
John D'Agata was born in 1974 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he holds M.F.A.s in both nonfiction and poetry and is currently editor of lyric essays for Seneca Review. He lives in New England.
"John D'Agata is one of the most significant U.S. writers to emerge in the past few years. His essays combine the innovation and candor of David Shields and William Vollmann with the perception and concinnity and sheer aesthetic weight of Annie Dillard and Lewis Hyde. In nothing else recent is the compresence of shit and light that is America so vividly felt and evoked." --David Foster Wallace
"By opening up the space of 'essay, ' D'Agata sets forth the terms by which we may all--as readers and writers--be made free." --Judges' citation, PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction