Literary Nonfiction. A brave new mode of literature has been emerging in the work of Sheila Heti, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and others. Call it what you will; Adam Colman calls it essayistic fiction. In this sharp, playful book, Colman dives deep into Ben Lerner's 10:04 to create a "how to" manual for anyone who wants to write, or simply understand, essayistic fiction. A manifesto, a critical analysis, and a winking work of satire, NEW USES FOR FAILURE marks the arrival of a sparkling new genre. This is part of Fiction Advocate's Afterwords series.
Adam Colman has written for The Believer, KCRW and McSweeney's Organist podcast, "The Nervous Breakdown," and more. His book on the origins of the addiction aesthetic is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.Author City: AMHERST, MA USA