Clever? Sure. But John D’Agata’s collection of essays Halls of Fame (Graywolf) makes great use of its peculiar structural tactics (textual collages, narratives hidden in footnotes, essay as poetry) to examine the strange ambition of America’s stranger inhabitants—famous twentieth-century dancers, outsider artists, Flat Earth theorists, casino engineers, and D’Agata himself, a compassionate and baffled cicerone who turns the detritus of the culture into examples of where contemporary essay writing is headed or should be.
About the Author: Gregory Brown
Gregory Brown, Reviews Editor, hails from Vancouver Island, in beautiful British Columbia. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro MFA program for Fiction and Memorial University of Newfoundland's Master of Arts program in English Literature. He is the recipient of the Roy Daniels Memorial Essay Prize and his fiction and criticism have appeared in Postcript and Paragon.