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Ongoingness : The End of a Diary
by Sarah Manguso


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Manguso] has written the memoir we didn t realize we needed. "The New Yorker"

In "Ongoingness," Sarah Manguso continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay. In it, she confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Manguso] has written the memoir we didn t realize we needed. "The New Yorker"

In "Ongoingness," Sarah Manguso continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay. In it, she confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years. I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened, she explains. But this simple statement belies a terror that she might forget something, that she might miss something important. Maintaining that diary, now eight hundred thousand words, had become, until recently, a kind of spiritual practice.

Then Manguso became pregnant and had a child, and these two Copernican events generated an amnesia that put her into a different relationship with the need to document herself amid ongoing time.

"Ongoingness" is a spare, meditative work that stands in stark contrast to the volubility of the diary it is a haunting account of mortality and impermanence, of how we struggle to find clarity in the chaos of time that rushes around and over and through us.

Bold, elegant, and honest . . . "Ongoingness" reads variously as an addict s testimony, a confession, a celebration, an elegy. "The Paris Review"

Manguso captures the central challenge of memory, of attentiveness to life . . . A spectacularly and unsummarizably rewarding read. Maria Popova, " Brain Pickings""


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  • ISBN-13: 9781555977030
  • ISBN-10: 1555977030
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 104
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.44 pounds


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