Books · EOTY 2017

What I Read in 2017

I think the rating system, such as it is, is pretty self-explanatory. 52. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood (!!!!) 51. A Separation – Katie Kitamura (!!!) 50. Some Trees – John Ashbery (!) 49. Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life – Yiyun Li (!) 48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (!!!) 47. The Selfishness of Others:… Continue reading What I Read in 2017

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“Culture is in its most intimate intent a heroic denial of creatureliness.”

For those of us who have not suffered a life-changing loss, reading these books can be shocking. I think of, for instance, when I first read Roland Barthes’s almost unbearable Mourning Diary, about the death of his mother. Barthes was a true mama’s boy, having lived with his mother for virtually all his adult life,… Continue reading “Culture is in its most intimate intent a heroic denial of creatureliness.”