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The Book of Delights: Essays av Ross Gay
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The Book of Delights: Essays (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Ross Gay (Författare)

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"Author Ross Gay spent a year writing almost-daily essays about the things, large and small, that delight him"--
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Titel:The Book of Delights: Essays
Författare:Ross Gay (Författare)
Info:Algonquin Books (2019), 289 pages
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That was such a lovely read I listened to it twice in a row. It truly is a delight. It's sweet and funny (lots of maniacal giggling happening over here) and sometimes crude lest you think it's going to be too saccharine, which just makes it even better. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Ross Gay set out to write an essay-ette every day for a year, chronicling all the small delights that he encounters in his regular and ordinary life. From nicknames to bumble bees to peeing his pants (a weird delight to be sure, more of a confession) to travelling on planes and encountering babies. Ross Gay can find delight in the most mundane or bizarre things. Sometimes the delight stems from a fear or an uncertainty. Lyrical, comical, and profound - this little book of essays is not what I pictured it to be, but still a delight to be sure. ( )
  ecataldi | May 10, 2021 |
I know, it's a lukewarm star rating, but I do recommend it? It's a weird book of essayettes, two and three page musings on delight, over the course of a year. It's a sweet read but not a compelling one - my library copy expired twice! I'm told the audiobook is especially delightful, and I recommend that for anyone going on a long drive - the not-compellingness of it will make it easier to start and stop, but every few minutes you get a good smile. ( )
  ansate | May 7, 2021 |
On his forty-second birthday, poet Ross Gay decided to write essayettes about things that delighted him. He made a few "rules" for himself: to write every day (or almost), and write it longhand, for one year. The result is this book.

As one might expect, such a book ranges far and wide through Gay's observations and stream of consciousness style of writing. In the midst of delight are also some serious observations about race, how time has become a commodity, and the challenges his parents had when they married, a Black man and a white woman. There are also moments of joy with friends, loving the quirkiness of living, and working in his garden. I enjoyed reading this so much that I reached that almost painful place of wanting to keep reading but also wanting to slow down, pause, and draw out the experience just a little longer. His style of writing meant that while I loved some sentences and observations on their own, it depended so much on the phrase or sentence before and after that I couldn't pick out just one sentence (or handful) to write or quote - I would've just rewritten the whole mini essay. They're each only a paragraph to a few pages long at the most, so it's easy to sit down and just read a few at a time, fitting it in during lunch breaks or reading just a bit before bed. It's inspired me to notice what delights me as well - not least of which is this book. ( )
  bell7 | Feb 21, 2021 |
Reading these short essays, or essayettes, about what delights Ross Gay delighted me. Humorous, humane, observant and often thought provoking, these pieces are so good I ran out and bought copies to give to friends. Read them yourself! ( )
  nmele | Feb 14, 2021 |
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almost every instance of our lives, our social lives, we are, if we pay attention, in the midst of an almost constant, if subtle, caretaking. Holding open doors. Offering elbows at crosswalks. Letting someone else go first. Helping with the heavy bags. Reaching what's too high, or what's been dropped. Pulling someone back to their feet. Stopping at the car wreck, at the struck dog. The alternating merge, also known as the zipper. This caretaking is our default mode and it's always a lie that convinces us to act or believe otherwise. Always.
72. An Abundance of Public Toilets

I DON'T MEAN this delight to diminish the dignity-violating absence of public toilets, public bathrooms, in New York City, which is a failure and a carelessness. A ruthlessness, in fact, that reminds me somehow that ours is a country where property is more valued than people are.
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