Neck Deep and Other Predicaments

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Neck Deep and Other Predicaments

By Ander Monson

Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555974596, 191pp.

Publication Date: February 6, 2007


Neck Deep and Other Predicaments is an innovative and engaging nonfiction debut by "an original new voice" ("Publishers Weekly") and the winner of the 2006 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

In this sparkling nonfiction debut, Ander Monson uses unexpectedly nonliterary forms the index, the Harvard Outline, the mathematical proof to delve into an equally surprising mix of obsessions: disc golf, the history of mining in northern Michigan, car washes, topology, and more. He reflects on his outsider experience at an exclusive Detroit-area boarding school in the form of a criminal history and invents a new form as he meditates on snow.

About the Author
Ander Monson grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He lived in Saudi Arabia, Illinois, Iowa, and in the Deep South (MFA University of Alabama). He edits the online magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. Widely published in literary magazines, he lives in Grand Rapids with his wife. Sarabande Books is publishing his novel-in-stories, Other Electricities, in 2005.

Praise For Neck Deep and Other Predicaments

"Elizabeth Bishop often remarked that she wanted poems and prose that register the mind in motion rather than at rest. Bishop would have loved the work of Ander Monson, as much for his yearning mind as his quick, restless, precise motion. 'I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT SNOW,' Monson writes in Neck Deep. Yes, indeed, and one of the many copious and surprising things he's also obviously been thinking about is the new American essay, of which he is the latest Edison, to touch on the title of his earlier novel, Other Electricities. For Monson the essay is something like a schematics for our fiercest longings and most ecstatic inventions. Every time I turn to it I'm astonished all over again by the majesty of this book." --Robert Polito, Judge