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William Davies King is professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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"What makes this book, bred of a midlife crisis, extraordinary is the way King weaves his autobiography into the account of his collection, deftly demonstrating that the two stories are essentially one.... His hard-won self-awareness gives his disclosures an intensity that will likely resonate with all readers, even those whose collections of nothing contain nothing at all." - New Yorker "King's extraordinary book is a memoir served up on the backs of all things he collects.... His story starts out sounding odd and singular - who is this guy? - but by the end, you recognize yourself in a lot of what he does." - Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune "Part memoir and part disquisition on the psychological impulses behind the urge to accumulate, Collections of Nothing is a wonderfully frank and engaging look at one man's detritus-fueled pathology.... King emerges by book's end a flawed but truly lovable eccentric - an 'antimonk, carefully preserving and sustaining a vital darkness, heavy with various glues, through a forbidding period of enlightenment.' May this darkness reign." - Henry Alford, New York Times Book Review"

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