The History of the Future (Paperback)
Coffee House Press, 9781566894678, 288pp.
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
"In The History of the Future, McPherson explores America in all its beauty and strangeness. He is funny and searching--a joy to read."--Elizabeth Kolbert
Praise for Edward McPherson:
"Mr. McPherson is an intrepid traveler. . . a charming and literate companion, and he approaches his task with becoming modesty."--The Wall Street Journal
What does it mean to think about Dallas in relationship to Dallas? In The History of the Future, McPherson reexamines American places and the space between history, experience, and myth. Private streets, racism, and the St. Louis World's Fair; fracking for oil and digging for dinosaurs in North Dakota boomtowns--Americana slides into apocalypse in these essays, revealing us to ourselves.
Edward McPherson is the author of two previous books: Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat (Faber & Faber) and The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats (HarperCollins). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Tin House, and the American Scholar, among others. He teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.