Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Kristen D Iversen
Stephen E Tabachnick
Cary C Holladay
In nine linked nonfiction essays and eight codas, the author seeks to understand the meaning of being lost and the importance of not knowing in an era of instantaneous and ubiquitous information. Through extensive interviews, research, and memoir, the author seeks out those who choose to live lost in order to understand his own penchant for escape. Framed by the mystery of antique maps, these essays find the author in several different locations, from Tasmania to Siberia to Utah. In each, the author meets and spends time with an ambassador of each place before finally attempting to become lost himself.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Martin, Matthew McCain, "Lost on Purpose" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 155.