NO SINGLE THREAD OF NARRATIVE TO GRASP
Down The Hall Book Club July selection is The Argonauts > JULY 27
"The Argonauts is not memoir. There’s no single silvery thread of narrative to grasp. The form itself is quietly, gloriously anarchic. In one interview, nodding to the contemporary philosopher Paul B. Preciado, Nelson describes her project as “autotheory”—an attempt to conceptualize the self. It’s a non-linear collection of impressions, notions and moments, loosely organized around a) her own pregnancy, b) her efforts, with Dodge, to create a home, c) the death of Dodge’s mom, d) Dodge’s gender transition, e) their baby, Iggy, f) who suffers, at one point, from a serious medical issue, “a potentially fatal nerve toxin that affects about 150 babies of the 4 million+ born in the United States each year,” the anxiety and terror of which Nelson hovers over, as though this one area of memory is too deeply unpleasant to fully revisit, g) the “toxic maternal”/the “good mother,” h) being fucked by Dodge, in exquisite breadth and depth, i) same-sex marriage (she and Dodge get hitched against the faint backdrop of Prop 8), j) changing bodies, k) mutable boundaries, l) the illusion and allure of normalcy." -- from "All That Is (Almost) Good (Enough) in Hazlitt by Sarah Liss
The July 2015 DTHBC selection is The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson.
Down The Hall Book Club is a group for reading fiction by women and non-binary identifying writers. We meet the third Monday of every month at Type Queen West. The book club is free to attend and open to all.
DOWN THE HALL BOOK CLUB MEETING
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Monday July 27, 2015 > 7pm-9pm
BYO snacks etc.