Love Drones

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Author: Noam Dorr

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books (July 2, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1946448389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1946448385
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches

In Love Drones, Noam Dorr explores the troubling relationship between our desire for intimacy and the world of military action, state violence, and intelligence surveillance. Born and raised on a kibbutz in Israel, Dorr served a compulsory military term as an intelligence analyst, tapped for his skill with translation. This is reflected in the book with form-bending interwoven essays that retrace the fragments of a bomb that never explodes, grenades concealed as oranges, and drones that are simultaneously sound, insect, and lethal aircraft―essays searching for human connection within a landscape of violent conflict. It is a deeply intimate and unsettling book.


“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


Noam Dorr's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Seneca Review, Wag's Revue, 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, received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona where he was an 1885 Graduate Fellow, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Literature and Creative Writing Ph.D. program at the University of Utah. Noam is the nonfiction editor at Quarterly West.