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Author McPherson, Edward, 1977- author.

Title The history of the future : American essays / Edward McPherson.

Publication Info. Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    973.924 MCP    Available
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction    973.924 MCP    Available
Description 268 pages ; 23 cm
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Summary "In The History of the Future, McPherson explores America in all its beauty and strangeness. He is funny and searching-a joy to read."-Elizabeth Kolbert Praise for Edward McPherson: "Mr. McPherson is an intrepid traveler. a charming and literate companion, and he approaches his task with becoming modesty."-The Wall Street Journal What does it mean to think about Dallas in relationship to Dallas? In The History of the Future, McPherson reexamines American places and the space between history, experience, and myth. Private streets, racism, and the St. Louis World's Fair; fracking for oil and digging for dinosaurs in North Dakota boomtowns-Americana slides into apocalypse in these essays, revealing us to ourselves. Edward McPherson is the author of two previous books: Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat (Faber & Faber) and The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats (HarperCollins). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Tin House, and the American Scholar, among others. He teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-265).
Contents Echo patterns -- Lost and found -- Open ye gates! Swing wide ye portals! -- End of the line -- How to survive an atomic bomb -- Chasing the boundary: boom and bust on the high prairie -- Three minutes to midnight.
Subject United States -- Description and travel -- Anecdotes.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1971- -- Anecdotes.
McPherson, Edward, 1977- -- Anecdotes.
Genre/Form Essays.
ISBN 9781566894678 (paperback)
1566894670 (paperback)

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