From the rebel of Nonfiction comes a debut that suitably reads less like an essay collection and more like a poetry collection.
If you love nonfiction and want to know where it's likely to be heading, I recommend this book more strongly than anything else out in this genre at the moment.
He uses the style of collage, which is the natural form of the essay, and in this way orders and gives meaning to the bizarre worlds he creates.
I love this kind of erudite, thoughtful, poetic, contemporary voice. Really a beautiful, complex look at contemporary concerns.Published on February 16, 2009 by April L. Durham
It seems pretty clear that the world has gone insane, since this is in fact the WORST book ever written in nonfiction, instead of what the insane reviews on here are calling the... Read morePublished on August 31, 2004 by Book Gator
There are two duds in this book, the one about a college in the dessert, that I'm not sure even exists, but whatever, and the one about museums. Read morePublished on August 10, 2004 by Sean Erikson
Let me preface this by saying I was a classmate of John's at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in the mid-90's. Read morePublished on January 12, 2004
Now that the hype is over, please can we finally agree that John D'Agata is 100% the worst writer this country has ever produced!Published on October 18, 2003
Let me give you the scoop on John D'Agata. I am a student of the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. Before I came I made a point to read everyone's books. Read morePublished on September 12, 2003 by for me to know
If Halls of Fame is what publishers are calling literature these days, then I don't want to read another word of contemporary writing. Read morePublished on July 8, 2003
I discovered this book last semester in a course called Border Genres. It's categorized as "essays" but it's really a work of philosophy. Really excellent! Read morePublished on June 25, 2003 by james cooper
Flecked with something very different then most other kinds of nonfiction, Halls of Fame: Essays by John D'Agata, offers a unique perspective on America that is always smart and... Read morePublished on May 11, 2003 by Petra Nedoba