300 Arguments: Essays

300 Arguments: Essays Author Sarah Manguso
ISBN-10 1555977642
ISBN-13 9781555977641
Year 2017-02-07
Pages 104
Language English
Publisher Graywolf Press
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A brilliant and exhilarating sequence of aphorisms from one of our greatest essayistsThere will come a time when people decide youve had enough of your grief and theyll try to take it away from you Bad art is from no one to no one Am I happy Damned if I know but give me a few minutes and Ill tell you whether you are Thank heaven I dont have my friends problems But sometimes I notice an expression on one of their faces that I recognize as secret gratitude I read sad stories to inoculate myself against grief I watch action movies to identify with the quick witted heroes Both the same fantasy Ill escape the worst of it from 300 ArgumentsA Proustian minimalist on the order of Lydia Davis Kirkus Reviews Sarah Manguso is one of the finest literary artists at work today To read her work is to witness acrobatic acts of compression in the service of extraordinary psychological and spiritual insight 300 Arguments a foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing is at first glance a group of unrelated aphorisms But as in the work of David Markson the pieces reveal themselves as a masterful arrangement that steadily gathers power Mangusos arguments about desire ambition relationships and failure are pithy unsentimental and defiant and they add up to an unexpected and renegade wisdom literature

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