Jeff Nunokawa Note Book

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"The hunger for a feeling of connection that informs most everything I've written flows from a common break in a common heart, one I share with everyone I've ever really known." (Note Book)

Every single morning since early 2007, Princeton English professor Jeff Nunokawa has posted a brief essay in the Notes section of his Facebook page. Often just a few sentences but never more than a few paragraphs, these compelling literary and personal meditations have raised the Facebook post to an art form, gained thousands of loyal readers, and been featured in the New Yorker.

In Note Book, Nunokawa has selected some 250 of the most powerful and memorable of these essays, many accompanied by the snapshots originally posted alongside them. The result is a new kind of literary work for the age of digital and social media, one that reimagines the essay's efforts, at least since Montaigne, to understand our common condition by trying to understand ourselves.

Ranging widely, the essays often begin with a quotation from one of Nunokawa's favorite writers—George Eliot, Henry James, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, or James Merrill, to name a few. At other times Nunokawa is just as likely to be discussing Joni Mitchell or Spanish soccer striker Fernando Torres.

Confessional and moving, enlightening and entertaining, Note Book is ultimately a profound reflection on loss and loneliness—and on the compensations that might be found through writing, literature, and connecting to others through social media.

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"Nunokawa's little notes are wonderfully seductive: knowing, intimate, penetrating, bashful--like witty billets-doux from an astonishingly literate secret admirer."--Laura Kipnis, author of Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation

"Born in the digital medium, Nunokawa's extraordinary literary experiment fuses many forms--journal, essay, criticism, aphorism, anecdote, letter, commonplace book--into what he calls 'notes,' which are not so much supreme fictions as they are the humbler fictions that sustain the true heroism of everyday life."--John Guillory, New York University

"Jeff Nunokawa has gathered a dedicated following on Facebook, where these notes have been a work-in-progress for some years. To see the selection collected here, it is clear why. Possessed of a singular, sympathetic intelligence, he has, in these crystalline meditations--these daily devotions--produced a work of strange and enduring wonder. Nunokawa is a teacher in the best sense: he shows how literature can weave itself into a life, and how a life might better be lived when enhanced by the supple, tensile strength that literature alone can offer."--Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch

"Note Book allows us to see a human being unfolding and finding his way--in writing and, apparently, not only there. It's as though Nunokawa has figured out a way to make the internet--and social media in particular--show off all its best attributes, without falling into its many traps. This is radically awakened--and awakening--writing."--Jody Greene, University of California, Santa Cruz

"This is a remarkable book. The reader can see levels of self-reflective thoughtfulness developing as Nunokawa changes through the experience of his writing, and writes about the experience of those changes. It's a wonderful thing to observe."--William Flesch, Brandeis University

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Jeff Nunokawa teaches English literature at Princeton University and lives in Princeton and New York.

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