Predator: A Memoir, a Movie, an Obsession

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5.59 X 8.24 X 0.66 inches | 0.73 pounds

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About the Author
Ander Monson is the author of eight previous books, including I Will Take the Answer and Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He edits DIAGRAM and teaches at the University of Arizona.

"Fair warning for 2023: If I run into you and I know you like movies, I'm going to ask you if you've read this brilliant book."--Erin Keane, Salon's "Favorite Books of 2022"

"The novelist and critic weaves together scene-by-scene commentary on the 1987 sci-fi horror film 'Predator' with personal recollections and musings as he contemplates masculinity, fandom and their relationship to violence."--The New York Times Book Review

"Written in loose-jointed yet elegant prose that guiltily savors Predator's pleasures, Monson's subtle, twisty appreciations and critiques . . . transform the movie into a penetrating commentary on the contradictions of manhood. Movie buffs will want to snap this up."--Publishers Weekly

[Predator is] unlike anything I've ever read."--Wyatt Mason, Harper's

"In a country where incomprehensible, violent tragedies are becoming commonplace, Monson finds clarity processing the new American way against the backdrop of his favorite movie. . . . Monson finds a cracking pace that imbues [Predator] with an improbable resonance, at once lowbrow and mesmerizingly cogent. . . . An unlikely treatise on manhood with the charm of a late-night movie marathon."--Kirkus Reviews

"[Predator] is an extremely unexpected book in every way . . . Totally delightful."--Dan Kois, Slate's Culture Gabfest

"A vibrant piece of social criticism that seeks to connect the dots between autobiography and something larger: the way an artifact or a piece of art can get inside us, shaping not only personality but also perspective, a way of thinking about and moving through the world. In pretty much every way that matters, it's an effort that succeeds."--David Ulin, Alta Journal

"I haven't seen Predator or any other action movie, for that matter--am I a man?--but this is my favorite book of Ander Monson's. It's the most sustained, the most lucid, the most serious (the funniest), the most complicit, the most heartbreaking/discomfiting, the most 'relevant' to our 'moment.' Quite simply, a great book."--David Shields

"A maze of riffs with the Predator franchise in the center, always allusive and illusive. One of the more fascinating and eccentric books I've read this decade."--Jeff VanderMeer

"This is a book about the movie Predator and also a book about the country and the era and the culture that produced the movie Predator. It's a book about that time and about this time right now, and many points in between. This is a book filled with ideas and also an intensely personal book, one that only Ander Monson could have written--with his wit, honesty and considerable powers of insight. Heavy and light, serious and funny, and above all deeply original."--Charles Yu