Bluets #2020

Bluets Maggie Nelson Bluets Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a colorA lyrical philosophical and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love as refrac

  • Title: Bluets
  • Author: Maggie Nelson
  • ISBN: 9781933517407
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bluets Maggie Nelson Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a colorA lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonSuppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a colorA lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, including Something Bright, Then Holes Soft Skull Press, 2007 and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions University of Iowa Press, 2007 She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.
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    1. There are some books you need to read because they are on a list, or have been deemed exceptional, or have been sitting lonely on your shelf Then there are books you need to read because you NEED them, because you need what they say, how they are, what they do to you My friend Julie Kantor handed this book to me last night She said, You need to read this I said okay I read it this morning it is only 95 pages I wish I could explain why this book was what I needed It is not that I don t have the w [...]

    2. It s kind of cliche to say that you don t choose the people you love But I ve been thinking about this recently, maybe because Maggie Nelson starts off the book with this point, that she didn t choose to fall in love with blue yes the color The book continually repeats cliches like this without shame, but then takes it in a slightly odd direction like being in love with a color that ends up because of its strangeness and forthrightness being oddly effective in terms of getting us to reevaluate t [...]

    3. A numbered meditation on longing, love, obsession, connection at once spiritual, associative, interpersonal, and physical Superficially about a color Wondered what she would ve written about Blue Is the Warmest Color, but then again she s given up on the cinema The sort of sensibility that prefers cinema to film or movie or, certainly, flick Sexually explicit at regular intervals to keep you on your toes among the obligatory Goethe and Wittgenstein quotation Acknowledges and dismisses Gass s On [...]

    4. this morning i saw a beautiful sunrise like lava bursting through rock and my friend sent me a picture of some blood at a crime scene on a london pavement she nearly stepped in and i read bluets none of these are connected but of course they re all related, much like the propositions in the book one on its own is a tree, a star, but together they all make up a vast landscape that encompasses every possible facet of the human experience reading bluets was like breaking into a swimming pool at mid [...]

    5. Bluets is like no other book I ve read it s comprised of a number of extremely short essays, some so short they may actually qualify as poems instead The book purports to be a meditation on the color blue, but after reading for a while you understand what it s really about or perhaps what it s also about, besides the blue Bluets is brief enough that multiple readings are feasible, and lovely enough that they re also desirable.

    6. I think it s safe to say the most famous study of color as reflection of individual as reflection of society as reflection of color study was Gass On Being Blue, which Nelson cites here and seems to have a mixed to negative relationship with For me, On Being Blue is a beautiful little book Gass eloquence can t be denied, nor can his intelligence and personable voice that doesn t always come through in his fiction But it s no Bluets This is everything good about the Gass study plus here, Nelson [...]

    7. ugh Suppose I were to begin by saying I had fallen in love with a color Suppose I were to speak this as though it were a confession suppose I shredded my napkin as we spoke It began slowly An appreciation, an affinity Then, one day, it became serious These are the first few sentences in the book the rest follows in the same vein Either one finds this sort of thing lovely and poetic, or else one finds it incredibly dippy.

    8. a lot of elegant writing on a sentence level, a lot of interesting observations, a lot of great quotes from famous writers and philosophers, and some neat facts about the color blue but man, just so unrelentingly sad, maddeningly reticent for a memoir , and HUMORLESS like being trapped in a sad box for 90 pages just you and the color blue and the word fucking

    9. This book terrifies me, because it s so nicely written and interestingly formed and also so completely vapid My fear comes from my absolute certainty that over the next 20 years I m going to have to put up with dozens of books just like this, insofar as they ll be all experimental i.e about fucking and experimental i.e self obsessed , and experimental i.e full of literary existentialism , and experimental i.e quasi educated , but not at all experimental i.e interestingly formed and nicely writte [...]

    10. I like Bluets a lot The book is a collection of lyrical essays that I think could also be called prose poems, but they are a range of things inquiry into other color works, mundane observations, about blue things, peppered with sex memories Blue is about blue, the color, and the various emotional states we associate it with, but it is also about grief, the loss of a relationship, an analogical way of expressing that obsession and that amputated passion As a meditation about blue, she also someho [...]

    11. In short lyrical paragraphs blurring the boundary between essay and poem, Nelson inhabits a color, using it as a landscape of inquiry The result is both fascinatingly informative and deeply moving.

    12. Bluets contains both severe self doubt and self aggrandisement A courageous move on the part of the author, given how frequently people at least I experience both poles but fail to recognize that those traits are in the same entity Maggie Nelson quotes Goethe when talking about how all the understanding of a personal condition doesn t help relieve the ache that comes from it She writes about all of her suffering, fucking, reading, writing, talking and thinking.Then I lay my head down on the desk [...]

    13. Expectation equals disappointment I know, I know I should not have had expectations What work would not break under such weight Aside from anything written by Karl Ove Mouthguard I was excited by the cover, whose cosmic blue seemed lifted from my sparkly blue bedroom walls I was excited by the form, which upon scanning in the basement of the bookstore in Princeton, NJ reminded me of The Gay Science I was excited I console myself with the fact that Maggie Nelson, PhD, was thirty when she started [...]

    14. Bluets is a fragmentary record of Nelson s arbitrary obsession with the color blue It s composed of 240 short numbered essays of about a paragraph each some are just one or two sentences At one point Nelson refers to these as propositions, but really they are like metaphorical musings Blue takes on so many meanings with the connotation of depressed , it applies to her loneliness and sense of loss after the breakdown of a relationship she continues addressing her former partner as you here and a [...]

    15. Belle lettrist in the best sense, Bluets moves lightly from philosophy to etymology to erotics to autobiography without landing for long on any one, with blue as connecting thread but also armature for an elegant, decidedly Old World prose studded with perhapses and nonethelesses and it must be admitteds that talks to the reader in an artfully intimate second person address The book s energy, for me, comes from the push pull between emotional exposure and literary exercise, the simultaneous feel [...]

    16. Ungodly good What Maggie Nelson does here investigating and interrogating various philosophies, coming to terms with the loss of a lover and with the injury of a close friend, and the purposeful orbiting of blueness is nothing short of magic And the writing about sex Good LORD.

    17. I started Bluets on the train the other week, or at least that s how I remember it Where was I going that taking the train was the best option I don t know, but that s when I tend to reach for the Kindle, as at home I have the luxury of carrying a book from room to room, leaving it in this stack or the other, picking up again and taking it into the bath, setting it down for the night after reading under the covers in my cool room.But Bluets was on the Kindle, and so it was read in passing, a few [...]

    18. Composed of 240 fragments around the permutations of blue, Nelson s lyrical, bare consideration of depression, sex, music, cornflowers, doubt, colour and is personal and vast.

    19. Bluets by Maggie Nelson is a beautiful and poignant meditation on love, loss, and the color blue, and, naturally, love of the color blue Blue is the sun of this text out of which radiates the light of the writing, both joyful and maybe mostly sad Loss of lovers, loss of hopes, a friend who has lost the use of all her limbs This is a slender but dense book, a prose poem broken into sections She calls upon such writers as Ludwig Wittgenstein, goethe, and Marguerite Duras among many others and arti [...]

    20. A writing professor once told me that a good experimental form book teaches you how to read it From the first sentence, I see that I m reading a work with an experimental form each paragraph memory fact is sequentially numbered throughout the entire book, so that it reads like a list, or numbered stanzas in a poem, or perhaps a series of axioms in a mathematical proof The numbering seems to insist that the logical part of my brain should march in and sort it all out but the content keeps trippin [...]

    21. This is a brilliant little book that does its best to defy classification Part of it is memoir, looking back on an ended relationship while living in the emotional aftermath of it What s interesting is how this is explored in tandem with a philosophical investigation of the color blue, and it is this exploration that dominates the 240 numbered section of the book More specifically, it is about Maggie Nelson s love of the color, and how that love informs her understanding of other forms of love I [...]

    22. 1 Despite the tremendous lack of a fuck im inclined to give about the dual ostensible objects of this udy meditation exposition prose poem logical treatise the literal color blue and heartbreak i found in its propositions a rendering of a received perceived world that is, in profound and pleasurable ways, simpatico I mean this in form as well as function, process and product.2 Theres something particularly affecting and true when there is no truth about the failed oracular timbre Maggie Nelson [...]

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