Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries

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$22.00  $20.46
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Graywolf Press
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160
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6.3 X 0.6 X 9.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
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Hardcover
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9781555977061
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About the Author

Ander Monson is the author of Vanishing Point, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Neck Deep and Other Predicaments. He edits DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. He lives in Tucson and teaches at the University of Arizona.

Reviews

Praise for Ander Monson

"So funny and so smart (but never smug), Monson's writing makes you realize how very alive thinking and writing can be." --NPR

"[Monson's] geek act has charm. Obsessed with the bric-a-brac of electronic culture . . . as well as outmoded technologies like Telex, Monson revels in the way information flows through the world." --"The New York Times Book Review"
Praise for "Letter to a Future Lover" "Amidst much tedious hand-wringing re: the future of the book, Ander Monson not only shows us the way forward but chronicles codex's codes, singing an ode to book qua book, to marginalia and to the margins. A physically beautiful and intellectually thrilling work." --David Shields "Ander Monson loves the world with such powerful desperation--even/especially the awful parts--and he loves, maybe even more, all our failed attempts at representation. Being inside his mind for a few hours, being in such close quarters with all that love, is perhaps the greatest pleasure of reading "Letter to a Future Lover," but it is not, by a long shot, the only one." --Pam Houston, author of "Contents May Have Shifted"
Praise for Ander Monson
"So funny and so smart (but never smug), Monson's writing makes you realize how very alive thinking and writing can be." --NPR
"[Monson's] geek act has charm. Obsessed with the bric-a-brac of electronic culture . . . as well as outmoded technologies like Telex, Monson revels in the way information flows through the world." --"The New York Times Book Review""" ""
Praise for "Letter to a Future Lover" "As an eclectic writer, editor and academic, Monson defies conventional continuity to make leaps of connection, not only between paragraphs, but even within a sentence. He continues to challenge the very meaning of meaning, daring readers to come to terms with 'the book, the book about the book, ' and the very concept of the library, be it public, prison, personal, seed, digital or abandoned and repurposed." --Kirkus Reviews "Amidst much tedious hand-wringing re: the future of the book, Ander Monson not only shows us the way forward but chronicles codex's codes, singing an ode to book qua book, to marginalia and to the margins. A physically beautiful and intellectually thrilling work." --David Shields "Ander Monson loves the world with such powerful desperation--even/especially the awful parts--and he loves, maybe even more, all our failed attempts at representation. Being inside his mind for a few hours, being in such close quarters with all that love, is perhaps the greatest pleasure of reading "Letter to a Future Lover," but it is not, by a long shot, the only one." --Pam Houston, author of "Contents May Have Shifted"
Praise for Ander Monson
"So funny and so smart (but never smug), Monson's writing makes you realize how very alive thinking and writing can be." --NPR
"[Monson's] geek act has charm. Obsessed with the bric-a-brac of electronic culture . . . as well as outmoded technologies like Telex, Monson revels in the way information flows through the world." --"The New York Times Book Review""" ""

As an eclectic writer, editor and academic, Monson defies conventional continuity to make leaps of connection, not only between paragraphs, but even within a sentence. He continues to challenge the very meaning of meaning, daring readers to come to terms with 'the book, the book about the book, ' and the very concept of the library, be it public, prison, personal, seed, digital or abandoned and repurposed. "Kirkus Reviews"

Amidst much tedious hand-wringing re: the future of the book, Ander Monson not only shows us the way forward but chronicles codex's codes, singing an ode to book qua book, to marginalia and to the margins. A physically beautiful and intellectually thrilling work. "David Shields"

Ander Monson loves the world with such powerful desperation--even/especially the awful parts--and he loves, maybe even more, all our failed attempts at representation. Being inside his mind for a few hours, being in such close quarters with all that love, is perhaps the greatest pleasure of reading "Letter to a Future Lover," but it is not, by a long shot, the only one. "Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted"

So funny and so smart (but never smug), Monson's writing makes you realize how very alive thinking and writing can be. "NPR on Ander Monson"

[Monson's] geek act has charm. Obsessed with the bric-a-brac of electronic culture . . . as well as outmoded technologies like Telex, Monson revels in the way information flows through the world. "The New York Times Book Review on Ander Monson""

"Odd, obsessive and wildly romantic . . . [Monson's essays] ride against scheme, the strictures of genre and the assumptions of form. . . . Each entry asserts a future for old-fashioned reading, on Monson inscribes with sensual as well as metaphysical reward."--New York Times Book Review

"A breathtakingly original, thoughtful consideration of what it means to be a reader--or a writer, or a human being. . . . As an essay collection, it's magnificent; as a love letter, it's a work of overwhelming devotion and generosity. . . . [Monson's] words, as usual, are a gift--he is one of America's best living authors. . . . Letter to a Future Lover is a masterpiece, filled with compassion and brilliance."--NPR

"Monson writes with an ease and enthusiasm. . . . Letter to a Future Lover finds a million paths to the same point -- 'The loss of things. A species a minute. A book a second.' -- but in doing so, it also enacts the magic of the written word."--The Boston Globe

"There have been many, many books about reading, but never one like this. . . . Monson is a delightful guide to the pleasures of the page."--Melissa H. Pierson, The Barnes & Noble Review

"Letter to a Future Lover becomes an invocation from the present to a distant set of readers, the 'future lovers' of its title, reminding them, above all else, that we were here."--David Ulin, Jacket Copy

"Whether playful or strident in tone, a sense of possibility runs through these essays, united by questions of the nature of libraries. . . . Focusing on ephemera and libraries allows Monson to tackle virtually any topic, from his responses to hateful words found in a number of essays with the title "Dear Defacer" to a consideration of time in "Hold On To This Page For 24 Hours."--The Star Tribune

"[Monson is a] writer who knows the workings of language as intimately as a cleric knows his holy books. . . . Monson knows the cadences and rhythms and syntax that transform the day-to-day into the divine. . . . Every essay is a trial, a chance to engage with the world in a new way."--Los Angeles Review of Books

"Monson's vivid, mind-whirling essays add up to a dynamic and idiosyncratic celebration of libraries that expands into a delectably labyrinthine, provocative, and affecting inquiry into nothing less than how we preserve and share human experience."--Booklist, starred review

"As an eclectic writer, editor and academic, Monson defies conventional continuity to make leaps of connection, not only between paragraphs, but even within a sentence. He continues to challenge the very meaning of meaning, daring readers to come to terms with 'the book, the book about the book, ' and the very concept of the library, be it public, prison, personal, seed, digital or abandoned and repurposed."--Kirkus Reviews

"Amidst much tedious hand-wringing re: the future of the book, Ander Monson not only shows us the way forward but chronicles codex's codes, singing an ode to book qua book, to marginalia and to the margins. A physically beautiful and intellectually thrilling work."--David Shields

"Ander Monson loves the world with such powerful desperation--even/especially the awful parts--and he loves, maybe even more, all our failed attempts at representation. Being inside his mind for a few hours, being in such close quarters with all that love, is perhaps the greatest pleasure of reading Letter to a Future Lover, but it is not, by a long shot, the only one."--Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted