‘The Lifespan of a Fact,’ by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal – NYTimes.com

By | February 24, 2012

---make for a really interesting two student project The book presents, line by line, D’Agata’s original essay, as well as Fingal’s staggeringly meticulous annotations. The essay, finally published in 2010 and threaded into D’Agata’s book “About a Mountain,” tells the story of a boy named Levi Presley who in 2002 jumped to his death from the observation deck of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. D’Agata used that episode to meditate on ideas about, among other things, suicide and Las Vegas, the stories Vegas tells about itself, the stories visitors tell themselves about Vegas, and what a city built on artifice might tell us about the human condition.

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