In Praise of Nothing

In Praise of Nothing

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Why do we keep playing the lottery when we know wea€™ll lose? How does what we laugh ata€”those bad jokes, wry allusions, and nasty pratfallsa€”tell us who we are? And what happens when, through some unforeseen mishap, we lose our identities and become Jane or John Doe? Eric LeMay explores these and other questions in fifteen innovative essays that center on the American self. From reflections on small-town life and baby-making to meditations on found art, 19th century landscape gardens, webcams, and the emergence of the AIDS pandemic, these essays celebrate the layered selves we inhabit, inherent, and sometimes invent. With humor and with reverence, In Praise of Nothing beholds what Wallace Stevens has called the a€œnothing that is not there and the nothing that is.a€Essays, Memoir, and Experiments Eric LeMay. 38 a€œI figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.a€ a€”Fran Lebowitz 7 In the June 26, 1948 edition of The New Yorker, Shirley Jackson published her famous anbsp;...

Title:In Praise of Nothing
Author: Eric LeMay
Publisher:Emergency Press - 2014-04-22

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