Like Love: Essays and Conversations (Hardcover)

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Like Love: Essays and Conversations (Hardcover)


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A career-spanning collection of inspiring, revelrous essays about art and artists

Like Love
is a momentous, raucous collection of essays drawn from twenty years of Maggie Nelson’s brilliant work. These profiles, reviews, remembrances, tributes, and critical essays, as well as several conversations with friends and idols, bring to life Nelson’s passion for dialogue and dissent. The range of subjects is wide—from Prince to Carolee Schneemann to Matthew Barney to Lhasa de Sela to Kara Walker—but certain themes recur: intergenerational exchange; love and friendship; feminist and queer issues, especially as they shift over time; subversion, transgression, and perversity; the roles of the critic and of language in relation to visual and performance arts; forces that feed or impede certain bodies and creators; and the fruits and follies of a life spent devoted to making.

Arranged chronologically, Like Love shows the writing, thinking, feeling, reading, looking, and conversing that occupied Nelson while writing iconic books such as Bluets and The Argonauts. As such, it is a portrait of a time, an anarchic party rich with wild guests, a window into Nelson’s own development, and a testament to the profound sustenance offered by art and artists.

Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, and award-winning author of 'The Argonauts', 'Bluets', 'The Art of Cruelty', 'Jane: A Murder' and 'The Red Parts'. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Product Details ISBN: 9781644452813
ISBN-10: 1644452812
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English

**Book Riot's "Best Nonfiction Books of 2024 (So Far)" **

“The new book from Nelson, one of the most towering public intellectuals alive today, collects 20 years of her work. . . . Essential reading.”—Sophia M. Stewart, The Millions

“Nelson’s admiration and enthusiasm for her subjects is a palpable driver of joy and delight. . . . A revelatory gathering of beloved art and artists presented with distinctive prose.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A masterful showcase for Nelson’s wide-ranging intellect and critical prowess.” —Publishers Weekly

Like Love is a personal intellectual genealogy, both a chart of Nelson’s influences, collaborators, and intimate friendships, and a map of her mind at work. . . . Throughout Like Love, Nelson is herself a poet of the question spirit.”—Walton Muyumba, The Boston Globe

“Drawn from nearly 20 years of genre-defying author Maggie Nelson’s work, Like Love offers incisive commentary on topics ranging from music and literature to feminism and queerness to motherhood and love.”Time's “Most Anticipated Books of 2024”

“This is precisely Nelson’s real magic – from within the well of pop culture, film review, and art essay, rises Nelson’s gift for seeing the right things under the surface of just about anything at all.” —Tom Johnson, West Trade Review

“There are a couple authors and artists out there that I am distinctly grateful to be alive alongside, and Maggie Nelson might be at the top of that list. . . . [Like Love is] a stunning and integral book.”—Julia Hass, Literary Hub's “Most Anticipated Books of 2024”

“Through Maggie Nelson’s powerful prose and expansive reflection on a wide breadth of subject matter, we see one of the most wonderful, poetic minds of this generation detail how she’s come to see the world through a lens of love through friendship with some of the world’s most influential artists and creative thinkers.”—Felicia Reich, Paste Magazine

“Readers can practically watch Nelson’s incisive mind growing and changing as she speaks with colleagues such as Hilton Als and Judith Butler, or as she writes about queerness, motherhood, violence, the lyrics of Prince and the devastating loss of a friend.”—Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times

“By making the problems of the cultural sphere her own, Nelson attempts to live with them without smothering them under the weight of her care. In this way, her criticism is exactly like love.” —Jenny Wu, The Brooklyn Rail

“We have a sense, I think, of the false border sequestering art from theory. And so to remark on Maggie Nelson’s facility in mating the two is to say the least about how she does so—which is with a hurtling gusto that nonetheless invites us to pause and think.”—Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker

“A luminous gathering of dispatches from the delicate adventure of thinking alongside other people. Like Love is a reminder of wow.” —Jeremy Atherton Lin, author of Gay Bar

“Maggie Nelson’s shimmering genius is on full display in this collection. Like Love is a celebration of friendship and outlaw communities of artists and writers that demonstrates how we can hold onto love as we hurtle uncertainly into the future.”—Cathy Park Hong

Like Love is a convergence of the most incandescent parts of Maggie Nelson’s inimitable craft: there is her ceaseless curiosity, her capacity not only to hold complexity but to court it with equal parts desire and critique, the generosity and gratitude of her thinking held by gorgeous turns of phrase.”—Johanna Hedva, author of Your Love Is Not Good and “Sick Woman Theory”