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Book Title

Predator

Subtitle
A Memoir, a Movie, an Obsession
Author 1
Ander Monson
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In his first memoir, Ander Monson guides readers through a scene-by-scene exploration of the 1987 film Predator, which he has watched 146 times. Some fighters might not have time to bleed, but Monson has the patience to consider their adventure, one frame at a time. He turns his obsession into a lens through which he poignantly examines his own life, formed by mainstream, White, male American culture. Between scenes, Monson delves deeply into his adolescence in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Riyadh, his role as a father and the loss of his own mother, and his friendships with men bound by the troubled camaraderie depicted in action and sci-fi blockbusters. Along with excursions into the conflicted pleasures of cosplay and first-person shooters, he imagines himself beside the poet and memoirist Paul Monette, who wrote the novelization of the movie while his partner was dying of AIDS.

A sincere and playful book that lovingly dissects the film, Predator also offers questions and critiques of masculinity, fandom, and their interrelation with acts of mass violence. In a stirring reversal, one chapter exposes Monson through the Predator’s heat-seeking vision, asking him, “What do you know about the workings of the hidden world?” As Monson brings us into the brilliant depths of the film and its universe, the hunt begins.
 

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$16.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-200-4
Format
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Publication Date
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Pages
Pages
264
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
A searching memoir of a life lived in the flicker of an action film, by the author of I Will Take the Answer
 

About the Author

Ander  Monson
Credit: Aidan Avery
Ander Monson is the author of Letter to a Future Lover; Vanishing Point, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Neck Deep and Other Predicaments. He edits DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. He lives in Tucson, where he teaches at the University of Arizona.

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Praise

  • “In a country where incomprehensible, violent tragedies are becoming commonplace, Monson finds clarity processing the new American way against the backdrop of his favorite movie. . . . Monson finds a cracking pace that imbues [Predator] with an improbable resonance, at once lowbrow and mesmerizingly cogent. . . . An unlikely treatise on manhood with the charm of a late-night movie marathon.”Kirkus
  • “I haven’t seen Predator or any other action movie, but this is my favorite book of Ander Monson’s. It’s the most sustained, the most lucid, the most serious (the funniest), the most complicit, the most heartbreaking/discomfiting, the most ‘relevant’ to our ‘moment.’ Quite simply, a great book.”—David Shields
     
  • “This is a book filled with ideas and also an intensely personal book, one that only Ander Monson could have written—with his wit, honesty, and considerable powers of insight. Heavy and light, serious and funny, and above all deeply original.”—Charles Yu
  • “A maze of riffs with the Predator franchise in the center, always allusive and illusive. One of the more fascinating and eccentric books I’ve read this decade.”—Jeff VanderMeer

     
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