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ist das gut genug, stark genug? #maggienelson #theargonauts #newissue

Today, on what is apparently the bluest day of the year, we're celebrating the brilliantly blue cover for Bluets by Maggie Nelson, designed by @suzanneldean. We're very excited to be publishing Bluets for the first time in the UK this June, and will have early copies in this week #BlueMonday #Bluets #MaggieNelson #TheArgonauts @vintagebooksdesign

Why did i not get this sooner? One of those books you can try to put down but impossible...read it in one breath... #maggienelson #theargonauts

"But whatever I am, or have since become, I know now that slipperiness isn't all of it. I know now that a studied evasiveness has its own limitations, its own ways of inhibiting certain forms of happiness and pleasure. The pleasure of abiding. The pleasure of insistence, of persistence. The pleasures of ordinary devotion. The pleasure of recognizing that one may have to undergo the same realizations, write the same notes in the margin, return to the same themes in one's work, relearn the same emotional truths, write the same book over and over again--not because one is stupid or obstinate or incapable of change, but because such revisitations constitute a life."
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I have a lot to say about this quote. First, how freeing, as a writer, to realize we might repeatedly return to the same themes and ideas in our work-- something that not only every writer does, but that allows us to evolve and change and grow!!! It's something I'm only just coming to terms with. I'm finding my themes. Second, if you've read Adler's Pitch Dark, doesn't this remind you of the passage that lists "The sins of..." (I will find this quote when I get home and type it out, because it is beautiful!) -- what a wonderful structure! I'm so into it. Third, I agree with the sentiment expressed about slipperiness inhibiting some joys of being defined. I feel that struggling to evade definition took up a lot of my teenage years (and because of it I fit into some very stereotypical image of teenage angst, obviously & ironically) and it was exhausting and futile. Nelson is probably describing a "slippery" identity a little more dignified than my teenage foolishness, but, ya know, I'm only 22 so most of what I connect with is rarely dignified. Finally, just finished the book and I'm already sure I need to revisit it, as I don't think it I understood it completely. If you wrote a review of it on your instagram let me know as I'm interested to read other people's thoughts.
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☝🏼☝🏽☝🏿Morning commute musings from the talented #MaggieNelson --> #TheArgonauts <--

Happy Friday, I saw a #Bluets in the wild and told this unsuspecting gentleman that if he's liking it, he should read #TheArgonauts next! He promises me he'll buy it when he gets home. Hide your wife hide your kids, I talk to strangers about books on the subway πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜¬πŸ•΅πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ @graywolfpress @wavepoetry

What's your pleasure? #hardtoget #theargonauts #maggienelson

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Losing count of these countdowns πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. @literaryswagbookclub next week @thebkcircus 🐘. Sponsored by @graywolfpress (πŸ™πŸΎ). Come through πŸ”₯πŸ“šπŸ˜Ž #literaryswag #literaryswagbookclub #thebkcircus #graywolfpress #maggienelson #theargonauts

Super excited for this month's meeting. Hope to see you there πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ #literaryswag #literaryswagbookclub #takingthel #thebkcircus #graywolfpress #graywolf #maggienelson #theargonauts

"But whatever I am, or have since become, I know now that slipperiness isn't all of it. I know now that a studied evasiveness has its own limitations, its own ways of inhibiting certain forms of happiness and pleasure. The pleasure of abiding. The pleasure of insistence, of persistence. The pleasures of ordinary devotion. The pleasure of recognizing that one may have to undergo the same realizations, write the same notes in the margin, return to the same themes in one's work, relearn the same emotional truths, write the same book over and over again--not because one is stupid or obstinate or incapable of change, but because such revisitations constitute a life."
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I have a lot to say about this quote. First, how freeing, as a writer, to realize we might repeatedly return to the same themes and ideas in our work-- something that not only every writer does, but that allows us to evolve and change and grow!!! It's something I'm only just coming to terms with. I'm finding my themes. Second, if you've read Adler's Pitch Dark, doesn't this remind you of the passage that lists "The sins of..." (I will find this quote when I get home and type it out, because it is beautiful!) -- what a wonderful structure! I'm so into it. Third, I agree with the sentiment expressed about slipperiness inhibiting some joys of being defined. I feel that struggling to evade definition took up a lot of my teenage years (and because of it I fit into some very stereotypical image of teenage angst, obviously & ironically) and it was exhausting and futile. Nelson is probably describing a "slippery" identity a little more dignified than my teenage foolishness, but, ya know, I'm only 22 so most of what I connect with is rarely dignified. Finally, just finished the book and I'm already sure I need to revisit it, as I don't think it I understood it completely. If you wrote a review of it on your instagram let me know as I'm interested to read other people's thoughts.
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#maggienelson #theargonauts #books #bookstagram

Yesterday I read these three extraordinary books by one extraordinary author: Maggie Nelson. 'The Argonauts', though her most recent, was first, and a fascinating exploration of gender and sexuality in the modern day; while I disagreed with Nelson's occasionally bizarre views on homosexuality/queerness, and felt something was lacking in its detachment from aspects of digital culture/modernity, the formal experimentation and vividness of expression was delightful to read. 'The Red Parts', a sort of true-crime memoir about the trial of her aunt's murderer, was a gripping read, the tension and emotions running so high throughout, and the suckerpunch of "men hate women" waiting just fifteen pages from the conclusion was enough to wind me. And it doesn't come off as vitriol, at the end of this exploration of man's violence against women: it comes across (depressingly) as fact. Finally, 'Bluets' was absolutely not what I was expecting, in a very good way: it became less a meditation of "blue" and more a skirting avoidance, an exercise in saying everything but the thing itself, and the format of 240 "propositions" kept the text engaging and unexpected. Overall three solidly strong reads, and I cannot wait to read more of her works - here's hoping for the full back catalogue to be published in the UK, especially if we can have @suzanneldean design the covers as she did for 'The Red Parts' and 'Bluets'! 😍 #maggienelson #theargonauts #theredparts #bluets #jane #nonfiction #memoir #gender #theory #writing #literature #poetry #poet #reading #book #books #bookstagram #bookish #booknerd #bookworm #instagay #instacool #instagood #love #life

"How does one get across the fact that the best way to find out how people feel about their gender or their sexuality - or anything else really - is to listen to what they tell you, and to try to treat them accordingly, without shellacking over their version of reality with yours?" -Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts (2015)

Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts. #maggienelson #theargonauts

Let me rephrase this; the queer WORLD feels like this. And it's cruel and gruesome at times. #theargonauts #queerness #queerthoughts

My only wish is that I could forever read this book as if it was my first time #theargonauts #maggienelson #summerreading #queertheory #queernarratives #theFallacythatIsGender

Such a unique read! Can't believe it took me till 2017 to find Maggie Nelson's work. This is only my second book of hers but can't wait to devour everything she's done. #theargonauts #maggienelson #bluets #bookstagram #perfection #electrifying

Getting ready for the talk I gave last night on the arts collective The Artnauts under the big tent at the Art+Lit Fest. Emily Sinclair spoke first on Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts and we found there was a lot in common between the two! Thanks to Dan Manzanares and Lighthouse, Art Students League and Rachel and Emily Sinclair for a great event @lighthousewriters @semiemily @imnotwriting @artstudentsleague_denver

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