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Bluets Paperback – CLV, October 1, 2009
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"It is, perhaps, my way of making my life feel "in progress" rather than a sleeve of ash falling off a lit cigarette."
"And it must also be admitted that hitting the wall or wandering off in the wrong direction or tearing off the blindfold is as much a part of the game as is pinning the tail on the donkey."
"And if 'saturation' means that one simply could not absorb or contain one single drop more, why does 'saturation' not bring with it a connotation of satisfaction, either in concept, or in experience?"
"But a bouquet is no homage to the bush."
"Imagine someone saying, "our fundamental situation is joyful." Now imagine believing it."
Here's excerpt that prompted me to buy this book, "Of course, you could also just take off the blindfold and say, 'I think this game is stupid, and I'm not playing it anymore'. And it must also be admitted that hitting the wall or wandering off in the wrong direction or tearing off the blindfold is as much a part of the game as is pinning the tail on the donkey". I read that in 2011 and I was sold. It became my bath book, my beach book, my bus book. It's like reading someone's grocery list; it's easy and short and if you like sitting in a pool of sorrow once and a while Nelson's right there with you, until you choose to get out of it.
I also brought this book to jury duty. I went though security and put it in the plastic tub which smelled like pee and went through the metal detector- Stepped out to the wood paneled hallway, which seemed to be making fun of itself it was so ugly- sat in a large room with people pretending to be way too important to be there. My name was called, I went with my group to the court room. It's like the first day of school where no one talks to each other. The judge comes out and starts speaking another language. (We should all really know more about the law). It was a DUI case. And so I read Bluets in between excuses to get out of jury duty.Read more ›
The book is a philosophical and personal exploration of what the color blue has done to Nelson. Despite the exhaustion, Bluets wears its hybrid/fragmented dress well, showing its seams and much enthralled by its wanderlust, an aesthetic runway that constantly leads Nelson to find new ideas, images, and expressions.
The text is fragmentary but not disconnected, certainly not a series of discrete contextless meditations or aphorisms in the style of Marcus Aurelius. Nelson lists insights, hers and others', to convey her learning and her vexation. She discovers links between many blues and their associations. As a result, the boards and nails she uses to build the edifice are readily apparent.
It's also admirable for Nelson to have taken on "blue" considering the work William Gass already achieved in his magnificent meditation "On Being Blue." That Nelson's Bluets holds its own is proof of the value of this incredible book.
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I've never encountered such an incredible piece of contemporary writing. Terribly inspiring, I've pulled my favorite stanzas into a document to keep forever.Published 1 day ago by Darla Dee
Most amazing nonfiction read I've had in a very long time. Interweaves a love for blue, a lost love, and a terrible disabling car accident of a friend. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Abby Howell
Beautifully written. Perhaps challenging to the reacher, without ever writing for shock-value.Published 1 month ago by antonia
I love this book. It is nonfiction, and comprises a series of small, numbered writings. They're more similar to Nietzsche's aphorisms in size--that is, they can be a sentence or... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lorraine Berry
Incredible poetic read on depression and relationships. Bluets if wonderful.Published 5 months ago by BookReader
This is a lovely and unique book. I found it very absorbing and very well written-- EXCEPT why, oh why, does the author have to drop the "F bomb" so much? I'm no prude. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lilyrock
Interesting tour of numerous subjects. Always kept my attentionPublished 6 months ago by Paul Criswell