Letter to a Future Lover (Ander Monson)

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Ander Monson knows how to mess with our idea of what the word “book” means. LETTER TO A FUTURE LOVER is a series of essays that analyze the notion of the library. As such, Monson printed a limited number of copies of his book in boxes, each page printed on a separate card in random order, with a place for borrowers’ names and due dates to be stamped at the end. How’s that for “book?”


If that sounds too complicated, we’ve got bound versions of LETTER TO A FUTURE LOVER at Brazos, and there’s nothing like settling into Monson’s brainy, observant, sometimes hallucinatory voice. Example: “When we listen to laugh-track laughter we listen to the dead.” And: “You too, bleached- blond forty-something DWF reading DFW in a major Texas airport, with fake boobs and too-tight tank. What are your needs?” Monson meets mine.

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Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977061
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 3rd, 2015

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