300 Arguments: Essays
“Jam-packed with insights you’ll want to both text to your friends and tattoo on your skin....A sweeping view of a human mind trying to make order of the world around us.”—Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere
—from 300 Arguments
A “Proustian minimalist on the order of Lydia Davis” (Kirkus Reviews), Sarah Manguso is one of the finest literary artists at work today. To read her work is to witness acrobatic acts of compression in the service of extraordinary psychological and spiritual insight.
300 Arguments, a foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing, is at first glance a group of unrelated aphorisms. But, as in the work of David Markson, the pieces reveal themselves as a masterful arrangement that steadily gathers power. Manguso’s arguments about desire, ambition, relationships, and failure are pithy, unsentimental, and defiant, and they add up to an unexpected and renegade wisdom literature.
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300 ArgumentsUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Manguso (Ongoingness) continues her fragmentary approach to autobiography with this inventive book of aphorisms and memories. All of life’s great subjects are here—love, relationships, happiness ... Read full review