This week is a Mike pick, as he continues to seek out unconventional memoirs and other works of creative nonfiction. Like our book from Episode 83, D.J. Waldie’s Holy Land, Maggie Nelson’s Bluets proceeds in short, numbered sections that build meaning through accretion and juxtaposition, rather than a traditional narrative arc. The book is, ostensibly, about Nelson’s obsession with the color blue, but she uses that more as a jumping-off point for discussions of love and loss, pain and pleasure, and to what degree we can, or should, trust our own perceptions.
We also talk this week about Tom’s recent Italian vacation, and his newfound hatred of Rome. Plus Mike’s growing hatred of online user reviews (including some particularly idiotic ones for this book).
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