Ander Monson's book, Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir, is an awesome example of the genre of creative non-fiction. It is a difficult genre to write well, and one that is highly criticized for its elements of non-non-fiction. Or fiction. Whether or not his un-memoir retained fictive elements, Monson kept my attention on him at all times. His stories about small, and seemingly insignificant situations and life activities help the reader get a feel for him, for the way he things, for the way he views the world. He finds significance in small things with a quick eye and a wittier tongue. The book is also very aesthetic, and is quite fun to read with the web page he has created just for the book. It is probably one of the most interactive books of creative non-fiction I have ever read. Monson himself even says, "But even fiction is about something. Something started it. Something animates it. There is a text and a subtext. The book is about memoir, and it's about me, and it's about you, because it's about us." It seems to me that he created the book to document human experience--whether it be mundane, quirky, uninteresting, irrelevant, profound, or shocking. It is not chronological, nor does it seem to follow any sort of particular order; however, after reading the book, one feels a sense of wholeness and completeness. I guess that was the point for Monson, as he said about the book, "The job of the nonfiction writer is to start with everything and cut away until all that's left are dots and dots and dots, and then to connect them." Well if that is the job of the non-fiction writer, Monson hit it out of the ball park. The remnant dots of everything are connected; but not only are the dots connected-- they are humorous, relatable, and hard to put down. Awesome, awesome book.