A Faithful Existence is a thrilling, lyrical exploration of what it means to be faithful in the act of translation, in scientific and spiritual inquiry, in philosophies of perception, in friendship, and in poetry. Sensual, erudite, and operatic in scope, these essays pay homage to the landscape of the American South, to snapping turtles and anti-particles, to iconoclastic physicists and writers from various countries and epochs, to visionary poets and to poetic hoaxes.Forrest Gander pops the hood of the standard-issue essay and hotwires it for the 21st century, re-tuning compelling associations and vivid bursts of insight into the quality of immediate experience. He connects with an ethical vision, a bodily consciousness, and a mode of language that might help us to survive the streams of data, the discombobulating media, and the predatory march of “information” that defines our age.
A Faithful Existence
Reading, Memory, and Transcendence
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FORREST GANDER is the author of five poetry books, including Science & Steepleflower and Torn Awake. His essays have appeared widely in such journals as The Nation and The Boston Review. With degrees in geology and English, he is Director of the Graduate Program in Literary Arts and Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University.