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The Book of Delights: Essays de Ross Gay
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The Book of Delights: Essays (2019 original; edició 2019)

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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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Títol:The Book of Delights: Essays
Autors:Ross Gay (Autor)
Informació:Algonquin Books (2019), Edition: 1st Edition, 288 pages
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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 |
I read one delight a day. Maybe sometimes two, if I felt I was getting "behind" in my "schedule." (But that's one of the by-products of this, yes, delightful book: Slow down, taste, and savor.) Not all the delights hit their mark and the occasional run-on sentence could do with some editorial lasso-ing, but when Gay's delights land and stick, they burrow deep. ( )
  davidabrams | Dec 7, 2020 |
Poet Ross Gay set himself a project of writing an essay each day for a year about a delight he had experienced that day. The Book of Delights is a collection of some of those essays. And it is just wonderful. The topics range from simple pleasures to heavy subjects, but there truly is always delight in each one. Listening to Gay read the book was a joy, and I suspect I will both listen to this again and find myself a hard copy for flipping through and rereading. Recommended. ( )
  lycomayflower | Jul 3, 2020 |
Loved loved loved this collection of short essays by Ross Gay, the product of a year of what can only be described as Gay's spiritual practice of noticing and writing about things that delight him in the world. The essays are beautiful, simple, surprising, funny, and sometimes surprisingly sad and elegiac (considering the subject matter). I was surprised at the depth and complexity of some of the essays on race, public space, and social welfare. But most of all, I was continually and repeatedly, and I think Gay would be thrilled to hear it, *delighted* by this book. ( )
  jalbacutler | Mar 24, 2020 |
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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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