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KIRBY The beauty of the reader (series)

“A story must be judged according to whether it makes sense. And ‘making sense’ must be here understood in its most direct meaning: to make sense is to enliven the senses. A story that makes sense is one that stirs the senses from their slumber, one that opens the eyes and the ears to their real surroundings, tuning the tongue to the actual tastes in the air and sending chills of recognition along the surface of the skin. To make sense is to release the body from the constraints imposed by outworn ways of speaking, and hence to renew and rejuvenate one’s felt awareness of the world. It is to make the senses wake up to where they are.”

DAVID ABRAM, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

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Originally posted on What Queer Reading:

Pictured: Claudia Rankine. Teju Cole. Vivek Shraya. Akhil Sharma. Roxane Gay. Shawn Syms. Atul Gawande. Najwan Darwish.

Two books stand out for me as this year’s best.

CLAUDIA RANKINE’s Citizen, is one of those rare occasions as a reader I was brought to a full stop, several times over. Through Rankine’s eyes we witness what could appear on the surface as banal daily social exchanges, revealed as searing racist cuts that people survive (or not) every day of their lives. The world is wrong. The pain, the sadness is real. The book is a must. Followed by:

She of the Mountains by VIVEK SHRAYA is a most joyous read of a queer boy who insists on his being here not adhering to any labels others attempt to define. This is paired with a wondrous retelling of the story of Ganesh. Combined, love and truth abounds. Fantastic.

The remainder stand…

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All that [my life in two sentences] for a dollar. Thanks Strand.

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
NYPL

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LEARN TO READ ART: A SURVIVING HISTORY OF PRINTED MATTER
80WSE Gallery. 80 Washington Square East. New York, NY.
December 2 – February 14, 2015.

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