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Like Love: Essays and Conversations

Maggie Nelson

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A career-spanning collection of inspiring, revelrous essays about art and artists

Like Love
is a momentous, raucous collection of essays drawn from twenty years of Maggie Nelson's brilliant work. These profiles, reviews, remembrances, tributes, and critical essays, as well as several conversations with friends and idols, bring to life Nelson's passion for dialogue and dissent. The range of subjects is wide--from Prince to Carolee Schneemann to Matthew Barney to Lhasa de Sela to Kara Walker--but certain themes recur: intergenerational exchange; love and friendship; feminist and queer issues, especially as they shift over time; subversion, transgression, and perversity; the roles of the critic and of language in relation to visual and performance arts; forces that feed or impede certain bodies and creators; and the fruits and follies of a life spent devoted to making.

Arranged chronologically, Like Love shows the writing, thinking, feeling, reading, looking, and conversing that occupied Nelson while writing iconic books such as Bluets and The Argonauts. As such, it is a portrait of a time, an anarchic party rich with wild guests, a window into Nelson's own development, and a testament to the profound sustenance offered by art and artists.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publish Date: Apr 2nd, 2024
  • Pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.28in - 1.11in - 1.40lb
  • EAN: 9781644452813
  • Categories: EssaysCriticism & TheoryBooks & Reading

About the Author

Nelson, Maggie: - Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, and award-winning author of 'The Argonauts', 'Bluets', 'The Art of Cruelty', 'Jane: A Murder' and 'The Red Parts'. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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