Love Drones, Noam Dorr


Love Drones, Noam Dorr


Pre-order only. Available July 2019.

In Love Drones, Noam Dorr explores the decidedly strange experience of a century-old war driven in part by cutting-edge technology. Born and raised on a Kibbutz in Israel, Dorr served a compulsory military term as an intelligence analyst, tapped because of his interest in pattern recognition. This obsession is reflected in the book with sectional essays laid out according to the number of bombs exploded, a meditation on drones (sound, Predator, bee), oranges concealing grenades, a catalog of various guns, and more. It is a deeply intimate and unsettling book.

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Noam Dorr's work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Seneca Review, Passages North, and other places. His essay, "Love Drones," won the Gulf Coast Essay Prize and was a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2016. Born and raised in Kibbutz Givat Haim, Israel, he is a former Fulbright scholar, and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Dorr is currently a doctoral candidate in the Literature and Creative Writing Ph.D. program at the University of Utah and the nonfiction editor at Quarterly West. 


“Noam Dorr sees things others don’t and wants you to experience them in ways that others won’t. I did, and you should too. If form’s the jam for Noam, it’s not the only jam: Love Drones has an ethical and intellectual weight and light inside it too. What you’re holding may look like a book but it’s a goddamn hypercube.”

—Ander Monson

“Love Drones bristles with divergent forms of caring, contributing to a pleasurably unsettled settling of a book. Through a series of curated dis-assemblages, Noam Dorr foregrounds and reverses what it means to be subjects in landscapes of memory and anecdote, of taste and feeling and attention (love). Or, rather, he traps us in divisions, small threats, looming violence, and unremitting political attention (drones). Do we know home, harbor, or a sense of wonder? Or are we shaped inevitably into parts and pieces by haunted imaginations and histories of silence? I know no answers from this diamond-hard book, but I am so glad to carry its unforgettable and beautifully wrought questions.” 

—Thalia Field

“Technology is the background hum of our lives, the drone we cannot escape. It purports to make our lives more efficient while rendering our most intimate interactions—war and violence, love, desire, empathy—increasingly meaningless. Dorr’s book is a subtle examination of the ways in which technology transforms our world into a kind of machine. The essays themselves are cyborgic—part poem, history, cultural criticism, war elegy, and memoir. They blend various literary genres together to create something intellectually explosive and entirely new. It’s a gorgeous and powerful book.”

—Paisley Rekdal

"Noam Dorr made it clear that nonfiction is the place where genre definitions go to get broken."

—Nicole Walker, Essay Daily