Sarah Manguso

Life is beautiful because, thanks to death, it is finite—every doughnut might be your last doughnut. That potential lastness casts a shimmer of appreciation and longing onto every experience.

Rome Prize

Guggenheim Fellow





Jam-packed with insights you’ll want to both text to your friends and tattoo on your skin. ...A sweeping view of a human mind trying to make order of the world around us.
— Celeste Ng
If Twitter is an undifferentiated stream of thought, a chyron of consciousnesses almost (but never quite) as witty as it is useless, Manguso’s book is the very opposite of this: refined, deliberate, carved out of silence as opposed to shouted into wind. To frame it in terms of ‘brevity’ is to do it an immense disservice. … This book is no more “short” than Pascal’s Pensees, or—for that matter—Montaigne’s Essays. That it is able to cut more immediately to the quick is testament to its amplitude.
The Scofield

Sarah Manguso is the award-winning author of 300 Arguments (Graywolf, 2017), an NPR Best Book of 2017; Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (Graywolf, 2015), a New York Times Editor’s Choice; The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend (FSG, 2012), a Salon Top Ten Book of 2012; The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir (FSG, 2009), a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year; Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (McSweeney’s 2007), a Los Angeles Times Critics' Choice; and the poetry collections Siste Viator (Four Way, 2006), and The Captain Lands in Paradise (Alice James, 2002), a Village Voice book of the year. A master of the unconventional in multiple genres, Kirkus Review praised Manguso as "a Proustian minimalist on the order of Lydia Davis.”

In discussing form and structure in 300 Arguments with Vela, Manguso notes, "I think some of my best work comes from looking at something so small in size or duration or emotional register you can barely see it. It’s not what people would call plot-driven. I’ve never really been interested in plot, reading it or writing it. And I have a terrible time following plots too, which can be deeply frustrating. But I’ve come to realize that I’m not the only person with this problem."

Manguso’s work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and the Rome Prize, and her books have been translated into five languages. Her poems have won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in several editions of the Best American Poetry series, and her essays have appeared in Harper's, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, and the Paris Review. Educated at Harvard and the Iowa Writers Workshop, she lives in Los Angeles and currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at New England College.



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