Framed by the two years between his father's heart attack and his own, Jeff Sharlet paints a portrait of this time defined by insomnia and late-night driving and the companionship of other darkness-dwellers: night bakers and last-call drinkers, frightened people and frightening people, and people on the margins. Erasing l boundaries between author and subject and reader, between the "safe" and the afflicted, This Brilliant Darkness is a riveting, light-bearing inquiry into the ways we live in this complex world.
Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth College, Jeff Sharlet is the bestselling author or editor of six books of literary journalism, including The Family, C Street, and Sweet Heaven When I Die. Sharlet’s work has earned numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award, the Molly Ivins Prize, and the Outspoken Award. He’s a contributing editor for Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and a frequent contributor to GQ.
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A visionary work of radical empathy.
Known for immersion journalism that is more immersed than most people are willing to go, and for a prose style that is somehow both fierce and soulful, Jeff Sharlet dives deep into the darkness around us and awaiting us.