Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries

Category: Book
By (author): Monson, Ander
Subject:  LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Graywolf
Published: February 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 9.07in x 6.32in x 0.50in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*An exuberant, expansive cataloging of the intimate physical relationship between a reader and a book A way to leave a trace of us, who we were or wanted to be, what we read and could imagine, what we did and what we left for you. Readers of physical books leave traces: marginalia, slips of paper, fingerprints, highlighting, inscriptions. All books have histories, and libraries are not just collections of books and databases but a medium of long-distance communication with other writers and readers. Letter to a Future Lover collects several dozen brief pieces written in response to library ephemera - with library" defined broadly, ranging from university institutions to friends' shelves, from a seed library to a KGB prison library - and addressed to readers past, present, and future. Through these witty, idiosyncratic essays, Ander Monson reflects on the human need to catalog, preserve, and annotate; the private and public pleasures of reading; the nature of libraries; and how the self can be formed through reading and writing. "
Review Quote*Like you, I've read so many 'books about the book' by now: the thick tome of biblioscholarship, the collections of (think Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick ) weird titles, the books that saved somebody's childhood, plus the bucket list books, and the histories of papermaking and font design . . . And now, as if these books have met to form a private club we can join, here's Ander Monson's tribute to written marginalia, published lists of errata, book defacings, bindings, maps, tickertape and sacred texts, a braille Playboy, those dear old library check-out slips, all of it in that wonderful allusive, poetic, factoidal Monsonian vision and voice that allow him, finally, to take on the entire cosmos we live in, stars and death and love and memory. If you can find a card catalogue still in existence, check under G for 'genius.'-Albert Goldbarth
Biographical NoteAnder Monson is the author of Vanishing Point , a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Neck Deep and Other Predicaments . He edits DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. He lives in Tucson and teaches at the University of Arizona.