Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer

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4.5 X 0.8 X 7.2 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author
Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of THE MORROW PLOTS (Black Lawrence Press), SAGITTARIUS AGITPROP (Black Lawrence Press), Pot Farm (The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books), Barolo (The University of Nebraska Press), WARRANTY IN ZULU (Barrow Street Press), and the chapbooks Four Hours to Mpumalanga (Pudding House Publications), and Aardvark (West Town Press). Recent work appears in The New Republic, The Huffington Post, Field, Epoch, AGNI, The Iowa Review, Seneca Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, The Best Food Writing, The Best Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Gastronomica, and others. He was born and raised in Illinois, and currently teaches Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North. This winter, he prepared his first batch of whitefish-thimbleberry ice cream.
Reads like a cross between Walt Whitman and a fever dream. Who would think squid and ice cream go together? I remained riveted to the very last word.--Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig
Matthew Gavin Frank reinvents the art of research in extraordinarily imaginative ways. His meditation on the briefly known and the forever unknowable courts lore (both family and creaturely), invites the fantastical, heeds fact, and turns the human drive to notate and list into a gesture of lyrical beauty.--Lia Purpura, author of On Looking and Rough Likeness
The most original book I have read in years.--Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water and Dora: A Headcase
A mysterious but seductive mix of history, creative non-fiction, memoir, and poetry. . . . keeps the reader riveted with the lure of the unknown and dark, sultry prose.--Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise
What a marvelous essay. . . . Take it all in. Revel in its majesty.--Lee Martin, author of Such a Life
A multi-tentacled and entirely captivating saga of profound mystery and relentless pursuit.--Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire
Slyly charming. . . . stunning writing and perversely wonderful research. . . . Alluring. It's hard to imagine a better book about not entirely understanding giant squids.--Jon Mooallem
Totally original and haunting in the way you'd expect a book about a real life Presbyterian clergyman and amateur naturalist from the late-19th century--and his relationship with a giant squid--to be.--Jason Diamond
A great essay takes us into the author's polymathic mind and out to the wondrous world, teaching us something we didn't know we wanted to know.--Patrick Madden, author of Quotidiana
A mash-up of a meditation on the nature of myth, the magnetic distance between preservation and perseverance, and the "sympathetic cravings" that undergird pain. In Frank's heart-thumping taxonomy, monstrous behemoths square nicely with butterflies and ice cream. Don't ask me how: read this book!--Mary Cappello, author of Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor who Extracted Them