“John D’Agata is an alchemist who changes trash into purest gold.” —Guy Davenport, Harper’s
John D’Agata journeys the endless corridors of America’s myriad halls of fame and faithfully reports on what he finds there. In a voice all his own, he brilliantly maps his terrain in lists, collage, and ludic narratives. With topics ranging from Martha Graham to the Flat Earth Society, from the brightest light in Vegas to the artist Henry Darger, who died in obscurity, Halls of Fame hovers on the brink between prose and poetry, deep seriousness and high comedy, the subject and the self.
About the Author
John D’Agata was born in 1974 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he holds M.F.A.s in both nonfiction and poetry and is currently editor of lyric essays for Seneca Review. He lives in New England.
Praise for Halls of Fame: Essays…
“John D’Agata is one of the most significant U.S. writers to emerge in the past few years. His essays combine the innovation and candor of David Shields and William Vollmann with the
perception and concinnity and sheer aesthetic weight of Annie Dillard and Lewis Hyde. In nothing else recent is the compresence of shit and light that is America so vividly felt and evoked.”—David Foster Wallace
“By opening up the space of ‘essay,’ D’Agata sets forth the terms by which we may all—as readers and writers—be made free.”—Judges’ citation, PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction