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"In The History of the Future, McPherson explores America in all its beauty and strangeness. He is funny and searching - a joy to read." - Elizabeth KolbertPraise for Edward McPherson:"Mr. McPherson is an intrepid traveler. . . a charming and literate companion, and he approaches his task with becoming modesty." - The Wall Street JournalWhat does it mean to think about Dallas in relationship to Dallas? In The History of the Future, McPherson reexamines American places and the space between history, experience, and myth. Private streets, racism, and the St. Louis World's Fair; fracking for oil and digging for dinosaurs in North Dakota boomtowns - Americana slides into apocalypse in these essays, revealing us to ourselves.Edward McPherson is the author of two previous books: Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat (Faber & Faber) and The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats (HarperCollins) .

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Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is the author of three nonfiction books and has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Tin House, the American Scholar, the Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Salon, the Southern Review, the New York Observer, I.D., Esopus, Epoch, Catapult, True Story, Guernica, Literary Hub, and Talk, among others. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and the Gesell Award from the University of Minnesota, where he received his MFA. He is a contributing editor of The Common Reader and teaches in the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis.
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