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Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’: A heavily biased review

I began reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts four or five months ago. I say ‘began’ because I haven’t really stopped since. I pick it up several times a week to sink back into particularly beautiful passages, or plumb further her more layered and difficult observations. I have a slightly wary suspicion that I will be… Keep Reading

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Reading aloud: Ta-Nehisi Coates at the end of the world

Words from a tiny town in a far off corner of Iceland. This is a landscape of edges and surfaces. What looks like the sky is actually the mountain, its steep, hard cliffs jutting darkly out from under the snow and looming over the town like a tidal wave. The sky exists only as the… Keep Reading

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Reading as resonance

How much can be said about what cannot be explained? Resonance: Something in a book corresponds with something in me, and vice versa. Though I immediately know what I mean, this insight crumbles as I try to communicate it. One way to explain resonance would be to try to identify the aspects of the book that I resonated with, e.g. language, composition,… Keep Reading

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Reading as resistance

In the world of today, our individual worth in society is measured in output, in productivity, in competences. Reading as a slow, inward and undirected activity is therefore its own act of resistance against and within a neoliberal agenda. Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight! Here you are, in an unspecified time, most likely… Keep Reading

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Good News: The Book Lives!

“If religion is an answer, if political ideology is an answer, then literature is an inquiry; great literature, by asking extraordinary questions, opens new doors in our minds.” (Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands, 1990). Okay, this is going to sound like I’m 80 years old. For the record, I’m not! But when I first started working… Keep Reading

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