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The Argonauts MP3 CD – Unabridged, August 4, 2015
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An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family
Maggie Nelson s The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of autotheory offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author s relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson s account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, is an intimate portrayal of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.
Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson s insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.
''Maggie Nelson slays entrenched notions of gender, marriage, and sexuality with lyricism, intellectual brass, and soul-ringing honesty.'' --Vanity Fair
''A magnificent achievement of thought, care, and art.'' --Los Angeles Times
''Nelson's writing is fluid -- to read her story is to drift dreamily among her thoughts . . . She masterfully analyzes the way we talk about sex and gender.'' --Huffington Post
''One of the most intelligent, generous, and moving books of the year.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
''A book that will challenge readers as much as the author has challenged herself.'' --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
''So much writing about motherhood makes the world seem smaller after the child arrives, more circumscribed, as if in tacit fealty to the larger cultural assumptions about moms and domesticity; Nelson s book does the opposite.'' --New York Times Book Review
''Reading Maggie Nelson is like watching a high-wire act. Her books are inspiring . . . Because of her dazzling sentences, I will read whatever the daredevil writes. She cozies up to ideas unlike any other American writer.'' --Boston Globe
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- Publisher : Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged MP3CD edition (August 4, 2015)
- Language : English
- MP3 CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 150466082X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1504660822
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,284,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So unless the publisher revises the Kindle edition to include these references, do NOT buy on Kindle. Get the print copy instead.
An engaging and brave work that deserves to be read in its original, nuanced format.
(I got the Kindle copy that lacks certain notations available in the print edition.)
This book seems to be a love letter to/about Maggie's partner, and the dependency of her own identity on her partner's identity. At times it's very vulnerable and honest, at other times it's insufferably pretentious and inaccessible. All in all, Maggie is a very gifted writer and extremely smart but lives in worlds of academia/gender identity that don't intersect with mine enough to fully connect with this text. If I was a gender studies/psych major I probably would have liked it a lot more.
I probably won't read another Maggie Nelson book but I'm glad I can say I've read one.
maggie nelson has produced a robust, incredibly smart work of "autotheory." i don't think i've read anything like it before. i still feel dazed by the power of her prose, by her ability to synthesize information, observation, emotion. i've been pushed and discomforted and expanded as a reader.
what would it mean to live in a world beyond binaries? what would it mean to live from a place of uncompromising freedom? provocative, bold, honest. highly recommended. five big stars.
I've read lots of queer literature, queer philosophy, and queer theory in the past decade, but this book made me feel more introspective, thoughtful, and curious about gender, femininity, motherhood, and sex than ever before. Nelson's references to feminist and queer theorists make you feel like you're "in" on something if you've read them, or serve as a great contextualizing introduction if you haven't.
I'm absolutely in love with this book. It may be because it was so easy for me to see myself in her writing, but it may also be because she says so many true things that I haven't been able to voice, even to myself.
Impressive work - I hope many other men are taking it up
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The first thing that bothered me, though, was the constant references to various philosophers. Theoretically, I could imagine that this could be interesting; I have a four year Honours BA specialist in philosophy, and I love that stuff. But I came to feel that Nelson was just trying to show off: ‘look how in-the -know I am, look how fashionable I am! Wink, wink.’ It was like a teenage boy displaying his arcane knowledge of bands no one cares about.
As the narrative went on (there is no story, so I won’t dignify it by calling it that), Nelson’s attitude to motherhood started to grate. She displays that annoying attitude of some feminists (usually childless ones, granted) where they act like motherhood is ordinary, or beneath them.
Hey listen, I got pregnant, read ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ and watched a lot of TLC’s ‘A Baby Story.’ It was, in retrospect, quite fun. I didn’t feel any need to compare it to gay male experiences of life — why would you? When my baby was born, I also had zero desire to carry her at five months into a sex show (or ‘cabaret’) and I certainly don’t think it’s surprising that the bouncer didn’t let Nelson in!
Nelson acts like she’s some big rebel and so much better than all the other ladies. She even admits to calling straight couples “breeders” in the past. I didn’t see anything here, though, that would mark her as a original thinker or a person able to withstand outside pressure and do her own thing. She seems very much a follower, albeit of a smaller crowd. Basically, Nelson seems to be someone who spent the first forty years of her life looking down on normalcy (why is never explained) and then, whoops, all of the sudden, she becomes a wife with two kids married to a fairly stereotypical male-acting (and passing) spouse.
Speaking of her husband Harry, I was expecting a love story here — but there is almost no Harry. Maybe a couple of sentences here or there. He seems very masculine. I have suspicions that Nelson is so, so self-involved that Harry is little more than a political accessory for her. He certainly doesn’t come across as a real person who the author truly ‘sees’ or understands.
I still give this book two stars because it was compelling enough to read to the end (although I’ll save you the trouble — “Baby Story” on TLC does those kinds of endings far better, without the pretensions). This book also made clearer to me a certain kind of desiccated, urban intellectual — which was interesting. I can imagine that Nelson is the type of woman who sneers at other women for drinking pumpkin spice in the fall. Nelson quotes a lot of feminist thinkers but I have a feeling Nelson is the one who’s actually the misogynist.