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June 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

LeMay Publishes Book: In Praise of Nothing: Essays, Memoir, and Experiments

Dr. Eric LeMay published a new book, In Praise of Nothing: Essays, Memoir, and Experiments.

In Praise of Nothing by Eric LeMayWhy do we play the lottery when we know we’ll lose? How does what we laugh at tell us who we are? What happens when, through some misstep or mishap, we lose ourselves and become Jane or John Doe?

LeMay explores these and other questions in 15 innovative essays that explore the rich selves we inhabit, inherent, and sometimes invent. With humor and with reverence, In Praise of Nothing beholds what Wallace Stevens has called the “nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.”

LeMay is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing: Nonfiction in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

His book manuscript was a winner of the Emergency Press International Book Contest.

“Eric LeMay’s In Praise of Nothing is by turns wry, wise, elegant, snazzy, smart, and tender. His essays are filled with clear-eyed intelligence and consistently surprise us in both form and content. We have found our digital Montaigne,” says reviewer Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire.

Listen to LeMay’s essays on his website.

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