Publicity sorts of materials:
- Press release: [here]
- John D'Agata says: "Unapologetically smart, unexpectedly emotional,
and playful in ways that most nonfiction never even attempts, Ander
Monson's Neck Deep is what we mean when we say essay."
- Robert Polito's introduction to Neck
Deep [excerpt]: "Ander Monson is so cunning and quick-witted
as an essayist that it’s almost easy to miss just how touching,
how human, how stubbornly elegiac his writing can be. To propose, for
instance, that Monson is perhaps the most formally adventurous inquisitor
of our new information technologies, risks—as James Merrill once
observed in another context—"rubbing silver with quicksilver."
The trendy glamour of a phrase like formally adventurous inquisitor
of our new information technologies simultaneously enlivens and
cheapens my praise, also ignoring as well the quirkiest, likely the
boldest aspects of his stoic accomplishments.
"Monson is as gaga about gadgets,
diagrams, and recondite technical skills as any other modern gear-head.
Yet he remains fascinated—and troubled—by all the incidental
organizational forms around and inside our knowledge, old or new. Not
only the Internet, but the index, the list, the telegram, the fragment,
the quotation, the novel, the memoir, the vaunted scientific study,
the lowly outline, and conspicuously the essay."
- Bio: Ander Monson lives in Michigan
where he edits the magazine DIAGRAM
<http://thediagram.com> and the New
Michigan Press. He is the author of three books: Neck Deep and
Other Predicaments: Essays (Graywolf Press, February 2007), Other
Electricities (a sort-of novel, Sarabande Books, 2005), and Vacationland
(poems, Tupelo Press, 2005).
- Photos: [high-res]
- Excerpt: Elegy
for Telegram and Starflight, from A Public Space's
website, which is a good beginning to the book, I think.
- Multimedia: Index
for X and the Origin of Fires, an essay from Neck Deep, transformed
into an interactive, multimedia piece for Born
Magazine by Jer Thorp
- Reviews: [here]
- The Press: Graywolf
- The Official Information: Available
February 1, 2007, $15.00 paper; ISBN: 1-555597-459-7; distributed by
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
- Publicity contact: Mary Matze —
matze (at) graywolfpress.org; 651-641-0077
- The Agent: Scott Moyers @ Andrew Wylie Agency
the book from Amazon!
Useful Adjectives and Adjectival Phrases to Describe Ander Monson:
- bad boy
- future addict
- serious and accomplished
- brainy but beautiful
- more than likely delusional
- bright but misguided
- hurt, badly, baldly
- trying real hard to be good
Sure, it's more than a little bit self-obsessive building
a page like this. It's even a little more fun than one should admit in
public. Still, one can't deny its use, and the people who are publishing
Neck Deep certainly want me here, self-promoting, splayed out,
available for you. And you have [perhaps] read this far. Hence.