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In More Curious, Sean Wilsey travels across the U.S., from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, to the isolated artists' enclave of Marfa, Texas, to the boardrooms and ballrooms of post–9/11 New York City. Wherever he is, Wilsey captures his surroundings with the precision of a photographer and the raw grace of a skateboarder (he's an amateur practitioner of both arts). And his eye always finds an unrivaled intensity of detail: here, and only here, will a reader be privy to the Dostoyevskian whiff of Marfa's fugitive underbelly, the unsung delights of a skater rag's cooking column, the exact amount of time elapsed since the soundwaves of a long-lost, legendary World Cup broadcast passed out of our solar system.

These essays — originally published in Vanity Fair, GQ, McSweeney's, and elsewhere — comprise nearly fifteen years of Wilsey's most vital work on the glory and the misery, the beauty and absurdity of contemporary America.

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"Wilsey (Oh the Glory of It All) makes curiosity the unifying aesthetic and raison d'étre of this eclectic collection of essays on places and people, hobbies and grief, and the 'comedy and poverty of the United States.' Treading the 'fine line between quirky and irreverent,' Wilsey embraces the big topics — death and friendship, the bewilderment and kindness that followed 'the massive historical rupture of 9/11' — but his interests tend toward the 'obscure... wonderful, and curious,' as shown in an essay that opens with his impending fatherhood, but really studies the population, behaviors, and resiliency of New York City rats. Wilsey's wry humor often pokes fun at himself, as in his hilarious recounting of his first attempt at skateboarding. The book's charm derives from the author's sense of wonder, his sense that the Earth 'is still spacious and full of possibilities,' and his ability to tell a perfect anecdote, capturing the absurdities of human behavior from the slightly offbeat to the downright ludicrous. 'Escaping from sadness is what made this country,' Wilsey declares in the introduction. It's as good a reason as any to read this intelligent collection. Agent: David McCormick, McCormick & Williams. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"More Curious is the most delicious of literary smorgasbords. Whether Sean Wilsey's subject is rats, NASA, or a surreal road trip across America, the writing is animated and diverse, dappled with literary oddities and enlivened, always, by his eye for the absurd. More Curious begins by making you wonder what kind of book it is, exactly, and ends by reminding you that categories are nonsense when you're enjoying something this much." Jennifer Egan

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"Sean Wilsey puts the fire out with wine, as he reports was done after the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco. To douse a fire with wine, as I take it, is to respond with something unexpected, and a little extravagant, but in that moment, a tool at hand. Wilsey is playful, maximal, wonkily earnest and fun to read, as he ranges over the varied landscapes of this book." Rachel Kushner

Review:

“Sean Wilsey's witty essays from his cross-country adventures form a portrait of the weird side of contemporary America.” Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Sean Wilsey is the author of a memoir, Oh the Glory of It All, and the co-editor of State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. He lives in Marfa, Texas.

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Bemused, July 29, 2014 (view all comments by Bemused)
Sean Wilsey aspires to be the literary Andy Hardy of the McSweeneys generation with his purposeful naivety, and florid hustle, and in some of the essays in this volume such as those about NASA and the space program as well as his memories of skateboarding, he is successful Far too often though his disdain for the people he meets, his silliness, lack of conviction, and superficial curiosity about his subjects overwhelm him and derail the reader. Sometimes it seems as if he is writing only in the interest of having something published, and the book grows steadily vapid, feeling like the musings of a wealthy airhead.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781940450179
Author:
Wilsey, Sean
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wilsey (Oh the Glory of It All) makes curiosity the unifying aesthetic and raison d'étre of this eclectic collection of essays on places and people, hobbies and grief, and the 'comedy and poverty of the United States.' Treading the 'fine line between quirky and irreverent,' Wilsey embraces the big topics — death and friendship, the bewilderment and kindness that followed 'the massive historical rupture of 9/11' — but his interests tend toward the 'obscure... wonderful, and curious,' as shown in an essay that opens with his impending fatherhood, but really studies the population, behaviors, and resiliency of New York City rats. Wilsey's wry humor often pokes fun at himself, as in his hilarious recounting of his first attempt at skateboarding. The book's charm derives from the author's sense of wonder, his sense that the Earth 'is still spacious and full of possibilities,' and his ability to tell a perfect anecdote, capturing the absurdities of human behavior from the slightly offbeat to the downright ludicrous. 'Escaping from sadness is what made this country,' Wilsey declares in the introduction. It's as good a reason as any to read this intelligent collection. Agent: David McCormick, McCormick & Williams. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "More Curious is the most delicious of literary smorgasbords. Whether Sean Wilsey's subject is rats, NASA, or a surreal road trip across America, the writing is animated and diverse, dappled with literary oddities and enlivened, always, by his eye for the absurd. More Curious begins by making you wonder what kind of book it is, exactly, and ends by reminding you that categories are nonsense when you're enjoying something this much."
"Review" by , "Sean Wilsey puts the fire out with wine, as he reports was done after the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco. To douse a fire with wine, as I take it, is to respond with something unexpected, and a little extravagant, but in that moment, a tool at hand. Wilsey is playful, maximal, wonkily earnest and fun to read, as he ranges over the varied landscapes of this book."
"Review" by , “Sean Wilsey's witty essays from his cross-country adventures form a portrait of the weird side of contemporary America.”
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