Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir

Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir

by Ander Monson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1555975542

ISBN-13: 2901555975547

Pub. Date: 03/30/2010

Publisher: Graywolf Press

An adventurous exploration of the "I" in American culture, by the author of Neck Deep and Other Predicaments

Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.

In contemporary America, land of tell-all memoirs and endless reality television, what kind of person denies the opportunity to present himself in his own voice, to

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An adventurous exploration of the "I" in American culture, by the author of Neck Deep and Other Predicaments

Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.

In contemporary America, land of tell-all memoirs and endless reality television, what kind of person denies the opportunity to present himself in his own voice, to lead with “I”? How many layers of a life can be peeled back before the self vanishes?

In this provocative, witty series of meditations, Ander Monson faces down the idea of memoir, grappling with the lure of selfinterest 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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901555975547
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
208

Table of Contents

How-To 1

Voir Dire 3

Assembloir: Disclaimer 25

Vanishing Point: Former City 35

The Essay Vanishes 41

Vanishing Point: Panera 63

Exteriority 67

Ander Alert 77

Vanishing Point: Middle West, Citizenship 87

Solipsism 93

Ceremony 105

Interiority 119

Assembloir: On Significance 125

Geas 129

Vanishing Point: City 143

Transubstantiation 147

Well That's One Thing We Got 165

Assembloir: Ending Meditation 173

Vanishing Point for Solo Voice 183

Notes 187

Acknowledgments 191

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