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More Curious

More Curious

Now in paperback, with a bonus essay not included in the hardcover edition, here is Sean Wilsey’s celebrated collection of essays on the glory and misery, the beauty and absurdity of contemporary America.

September 2015
Active (available)
$16.00
348 pages | 5.5 x 8 |
ISBN: 
978-1-4773-0797-7
Description: 

From reviews of the hardcover edition:

More Curious begins by making you wonder what kind of book it is, exactly, and ends by reminding you that categories are nonsense when you’re enjoying something this much.”
—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

“Mr. Wilsey can write in a range of emotional octaves, moving from the comic to the philosophical to the streetwise with ease, while putting body language on his prose to give the reader an almost synesthetic sense of what he’s saying.”
—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

More Curious captures the dizzying absurdity of contemporary America.”
Vanity Fair

“Sean Wilsey’s witty essays from his cross-country adventures form a portrait of the weird side of contemporary America.”
Los Angeles Times

“When Wilsey is at his best, and he often is in More Curious, his prose has a barely contained energy that makes his work both informative and entertaining. And often, whether his subject is rats or NASA or skateboarding or soccer, that work is provocative and huge-hearted.”
—Alex Lemon, Dallas Morning News

“Sometimes he’s funny and self-deprecating and sometimes he’s somber; sometimes his scope is as sweeping as our country, and other times it’s as narrow as Buzz Aldrin’s taste in wristwatches. There’s one through-line from beginning to end, though: those careful, thoughtful, perfect sentences.”
—Alison Hallett, Portland Mercury

“Generation-defining . . . a welcome chronicle of our age.”
—David Kurlander, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Now in paperback, with a bonus essay not included in the hardcover edition, here is Sean Wilsey’s celebrated collection of essays on the glory and misery, the beauty and absurdity of contemporary America.

Contents: 
  • Introduction: Introduction
  • The Republic of Marfa
  • Do You Know What Seaweed Is?
  • No Work for Me
  • Using So Little
  • Some of Them Can Read
  • The World I Want to Live In
  • Scanning Updike
  • Travels with Death
  • NASA Redux
  • Aldrin’s Watch
  • Always Be Cleaning
  • Danny Meyer Bit His Tongue
  • The Objects of My Obsession
  • Marfa, Revisited
  • “Outro”
Author: 

Marfa, Texas, and Brooklyn, New York

Wilsey is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Oh the Glory of It All, and the coeditor, with Matt Weiland, of State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America and The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup.