Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir

Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir

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In this provocative, witty series of meditations, Ander Monson faces down the idea of memoir, grappling with the lure of self-interest and self-presentation. While setting out to describe the experience of serving as head juror at the trial of Michael Antwone Jordan, he can't help veering off into an examination of his own transgressions, inadvertent and otherwise. He scrutinizes his private experience of the public funeral ceremony for Gerald R. Ford. He considers his addiction to chemically concocted Doritos and disappointment in the plain, natural corn chip, and finds that the manufactured, considered form, at least in snacks, is ultimately a more rewarding experience than the "truth." So why is America so crazy about accurately confessional memoirs? With Vanishing Point, Monson delivers on the promise shown in Neck Deep," which introduced his winning voice and ability to redefine the essay and "puts most memoirs to shame." (Time Out Chicago)

ISBN: 9781555975548

Published Date: March 30, 2010

Publisher: Graywolf Press

Language: English

Page Count: 191

Size: 8.99" l x 6.02" w x 0.72" h