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300 Arguments
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A brilliant and exhilarating sequence of aphorisms from one of our greatest essayists

There will come a time when people decide you've had enough of your grief, and they'll try to take it away from you.
Bad art is from no one to no one.
Am I happy? Damned if I know, but give me a few minutes and I'll tell you whether you are.
Thank heaven I don't have my friends' problems. But sometimes I notice an expression on one of their faces that I recognize as secret gratitude.
I read sad stories to inoculate myself against grief. I watch action movies to identify with the quick-witted heroes. Both the same fantasy: I'll escape the worst of it.

—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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A brilliant and exhilarating sequence of aphorisms from one of our greatest essayists

There will come a time when people decide you've had enough of your grief, and they'll try to take it away from you.
Bad art is from no one to no one.
Am I happy? Damned if I know, but give me a few minutes and I'll tell you whether you are.
Thank heaven I don't have my friends' problems. But sometimes I notice an expression on one of their faces that I recognize as secret gratitude.
I read sad stories to inoculate myself against grief. I watch action movies to identify with the quick-witted heroes. Both the same fantasy: I'll escape the worst of it.

—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...

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A brilliant and exhilarating sequence of aphorisms from one of our greatest essayists

There will come a time when people decide you've had enough of your grief, and they'll try to take it away from you.
Bad art is from no one to no one.
Am I happy? Damned if I know, but give me a few minutes and I'll tell you whether you are.
Thank heaven I don't have my friends' problems. But sometimes I notice an expression on one of their faces that I recognize as secret gratitude.
I read sad stories to inoculate myself against grief. I watch action movies to identify with the quick-witted heroes. Both the same fantasy: I'll escape the worst of it.

—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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        December 5, 2016
        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, desire, and vulnerability on the personal side; effort, luck, envy, and success vs. failure on the professional side—in one- and two-sentence nuggets of compressed insight. Many of the sayings sound like updated versions of traditional proverbs (“Inner beauty can fade, too” and “Choose one: chronic disappointment or lowering your expectations”); their authoritativeness contrasts with the author’s professed uncertainty about how she’s doing as a wife, mother, and writer. Parallel constructions, contradictions, and mathematical propositions (“It takes x hours to write a book”) come closest to the title’s connotation of rhetorical arguments. Arguably, pretentiousness sometimes masquerades as profundity here, and, like a comedy set composed entirely of one-liners, the book contains almost too much to take in at once. The pithy format tricks readers into skimming quickly, but it will require multiple rereadings to absorb the book’s rewarding wisdom. Agent: P.J. Mark, Janklow & Nesbit.

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        October 15, 2016
        A writer's life, solitary and complex, broken apart--not into shards but puzzle pieces.In Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (2015), poet and essayist Manguso assessed her life as a writer and mother with the greatest economy of means. In her latest, she goes a step further. "Think of this as a short book," she advises, rather late in the book, "composed entirely of what I hoped would be a long book's quotable passages." At first glance, it seems like a collection of off-kilter "Thoughts for the Day." There are pithy aphorisms: "Inner beauty can fade, too"; dark, reflective thoughts: "Preferable to accepting one's insignificance is imagining the others hate you"; purely personal confessions of sexual despair: "There are people I wanted so much before I had them that the entire experience of having them was grief for my old hunger." These seemingly random and casual assertions subtly form a kind of loose story, that of a writer, academic, and mother at midlife wondering how the win-loss record might add up--and on which side this particular book might fall. "I've written whole books to avoid writing other books," she confesses at one point, suggesting a failure of ambition. Some pages later she seems to feel at a loss: "I wish someone would tell me what I should be doing instead of this, that he'd be right, and that I'd believe him." Self-doubt becomes part of a larger, more evocative struggle--to keep going, keep writing, and leave evidence of having lived: "On the page, these might look like the stones of a ruin, strewn by time and weather, but I was here." A slim, poetic self-portrait that opens up as you read it and stays in the mind.

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