The More You Ignore Me
By Travis Nichols
Coffee House Press, Paperback, 9781566893213, 211pp.
Publication Date: May 2013
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Praise for Travis Nichols:
"A rewarding experience. Nichols'] sentences repeat and sit inside each other as a sort of Greek chorus that resonates throughout the book."--"Chicago Sun-Times"
"Nichols pulls the readers in . . . with breathtaking immediacy. . . . "Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder" is both original and haunting."--"Star Tribune" (Minneapolis)
Charli and Nico's wedding blog has an uninvited guest: a commenter convinced the bride is being romanced by the brother of the groom. To save her from a terrible mistake he adopts multiple identities on multiple message boards, sharing his fears for Charli, his outrage at being thwarted, and the romance, years ago in his analog past, that first attracted his meddlesome care.
Cranky, hilarious, and incisive, "The More You Ignore Me" takes on Internet etiquette, the distortions of voyeurism, and the incessant, expansive flow of words that may not be able to staunch loneliness, but holds out the hope of talking it to death.
Travis Nichols was born in Ames, Iowa. He attended the University of Georgia and the University of Massachusetts, where he earned an MFA in poetry. He is the author of the novel "Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder" (Coffee House Press) and two collections of poetry, "Iowa" (Letter Machine Editions) and "See Me Improving" (Copper Canyon Press). From 2008 to 2012 he was associate editor of the Poetry Foundation's website and editor of its blog, Harriet. He now works at Greenpeace in Washington, DC.