Letter to A Future Lover

Letter to A Future Lover

Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries

Book - 2015
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Ander Monson is well regarded within the field of Creative Non Fiction. He is both a writer and critic of long form journalism, personal essays, and memoir novellas. Here he turns his astute critical eye for innovations in literary form on to the printed book itself. LETTER TO A FUTURE LOVER collects several dozen brief pieces written by Monson in response to library ephemera. He analyses the meaning behind hastily scrawled-in margins, the aesthetic of date labels and the cultural weight born by publishers pagers.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Graywolf Press, c2015.
ISBN: 9781555977061
Characteristics: 165 p. : ill.


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NatMarAma Sep 26, 2015

I could have done with less talking, more found objects/notes in books. This book was not what I expected nor desired.

JCLZoAnnM Apr 30, 2015

Letters to a Future Lover could be seen as a "gimmick" book. It is a series of essays based on marginalia or other ideas found in books and libraries by the author, Ander Monson. The author originally "published" the book by leaving 6" x 9" cards in the libraries where he found the original inspiration. It is a small book (both few pages, and physically small) but it took me ten days to read. Each essay requires some time to absorb. It feels like it should be required reading for librarians, as there is much about books and libraries and the past and future of each. It has a local reference as well as some of the "books" were found at KSU. It was enjoyable not NOT an easy or quick read.

hgeng63 Mar 30, 2015

Only if you're in the mood for overly precious & self-important, "literary" , academic writing.

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