Like Love

Like Love: Essays and Conversations

Literature: History & Criticism , Essays
Hardback Published on: 23/05/2024
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Arranged chronologically, these essays and conversations provide readers with a portrait of Nelson’s development as a writer, as well as a fascinating insight into the work behind her other bestselling books Bluets and The Argonauts .


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 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.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781911717027
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 455g
  • Dimensions: 223 x 146 x 33 mm

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Like Love
Subversive, Strange and Wonderful
I don't always understand Maggie Nelson's writing but I always find something in what she writes that is richly rewarding of my time and patience and thoug... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley