Essays on the Writing Life
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Lyric essays on writing, moving among digression, reflection, imagination, and experience as a lover might, bringing art into the world.
About the Author
Jenny Boully is the author of The Body: An Essay, The Book of Beginnings and Endings: Essays, not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, and other books. Born in Thailand, she grew up in Texas and holds a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She teaches creative writing and literature at Columbia College Chicago.
Praise for Jenny Boully: "Jenny is the future of nonfiction in America. What an absurdly arrogant statement to make. I make it anyway. Watch."--John D'Agata "Yes, Aristotle, there can be pleasure without 'complete and unified action with a beginning, middle, and end.' Jenny Boully has done it."--Mary Jo Bang "Jenny Boully is a deeply weird writer--in the best way." --Ander Monson "Boully seduces [her reader] by drawing unexpected but felicitous linkages between disparate citations from the history of literature. . . . Filled with the exegetical projection of our own imagination." --Christian Bok "In Boully's writing, there are no beginnings or endings; instead, we are presented with impressions, threads, and flashes of narrative. Within the space of these short paragraphs, we are compelled to narrate our own ideas about the pleasures and failures of love. . . . There are many questions in this work that are left unanswered, as well as many silences surrounding what happened "in the end." Yes, there is much talk about beginnings, but we are never truly situated "in the beginning." Instead, we remain in the continual becoming of love and loss, memory and perception, narrative and poetry. We stay, as the various characters and the speaker herself," within unnameable endless flowerings." --Craig Santos Perez
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