The Lifespan of a Fact

Jim Fingal (Author) John D'Agata (Author)
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$17.95  $16.51
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
February 27, 2012
6.9 X 0.4 X 9.0 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Jim Fingal is now a software engineer and writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
John D'Agata is the author of About a Mountain, Halls of Fame and editor of The Next American Essay and The Lost Origins of the Essay. He teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he lives.


A fascinating and dramatic power struggle over the intriguing question of what nonfiction should, or can, be.--Lydia Davis
An enraging, fascinating, singular book.
A whip-smart, mordantly funny, thought-provoking rumination on journalistic responsibility and literary license.
Less a book than a knock-down, drag-out fight between two tenacious combatants over questions of truth, belief, history, myth, memory and forgetting.--Jennifer McDonald
The Lifespan of a Fact might be the most improbably entertaining book ever published.
The Lifespan of a Fact is remarkable not only as an intellectual adventure, but for its portrayal of the search for these kinds of truths as a conversation. It is a high-stakes exercise not of surety but of to the production of wonder, but equally to that of doubt, frustration, and betrayal.