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Ellen reads Maggie Nelson

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Name: Ellen Reading: Bluets, Maggie Nelson Why did you want to read this? Bluets shares the qualities of many of my favourite books – experimental in form, collapsing the lines between prose, poetry, essay and memoir. 240 numbered paragraphs make up this fragmentary, rhythmic meditation, which explores art, literature, grief and female desire through the tinted lens of Nelson’s love for the colour blue. How did you record yourself? In bed, warmed by morning sun; my favourite place to read – and often to write (desks are overrated, comfort is underrated).


10 Nov 2021

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Maggie Nelson & Amelia Abraham: On Freedom

London Review Bookshop Podcast

Drawing on a vast range of material, from critical theory to pop culture to the intimacies and plain exchanges of daily life, Maggie Nelson's On Freedom (Jonathan Cape) explores how we might think, experience, or talk about freedom in ways responsive to the conditions of our day. Her abiding interest lies in ongoing "practices of freedom" by which we negotiate our interrelation with-indeed, our inseparability from-others, with all the care and constraint that relation entails, while accepting difference and conflict as integral to our communion.Nelson is in conversation here with Amelia Abraham, author of Queer Intentions (Picador) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


4 Nov 2021

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Literary Friction - Constraint with Maggie Nelson

Literary Friction

Can you have freedom without constraint? What role does it play in creativity, and can it be productive as well as limiting? This month our guest is the thinker and writer Maggie Nelson, whose latest book, On Freedom, explores the concept of freedom via four wide-ranging essays about art, sex, drugs and climate. Its subtitle is Four Songs of Care and Constraint, so we thought we’d make this month’s show about the boundaries that are often the counterpoint to freedom. Tune in for Maggie’s thoughts on – to borrow a phrase from Judith Butler – ‘working the trap’, our favourite books about constraint, plus all the usual recommendations. Recommendations on the theme, Constraint:Octavia: The Mad Women’s Ball by Victoria Mas, translated by Frank WynneCarrie: Invisible Man by Ralph EllisonGeneral Recommendations:Octavia: Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden-KeefeMaggie: My Brother by Jamaica KinkaidCarrie: Train Dreams by Denis JohnsonFind a list of all recommended books at: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/october-2021-constraint-with-maggie-nelson Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/litfrictionEmail us: litfriction@gmail.comTweet us & find us on Instagram: @litfriction This episode is sponsored by Picador: https://www.panmacmillan.com/picador

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7 Oct 2021

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Maggie Nelson ‘On Freedom’

KQED's Forum

The word freedom can be used in so many ways, sometimes at cross purposes. There are those who defend the freedom to remain unvaccinated, others the freedom to move in the world without excess risk. “Can you think of a more depleted, imprecise, or weaponized word?” writes author and Bay Area native Maggie Nelson in her new essay collection, “On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint”. Nelson probes the idea of freedom in the context of some of the most charged disagreements of our age, including around climate change, sexuality, addiction and more. She joins us to share what freedom means to her and why she sees it as “an unending present practice, something already going on.”


23 Sep 2021

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Jordan talks to Maggie Nelson about hope, about hitting one's threshold, and about trying to respond to current events in On Freedom without dating the text.Maggie Nelson is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently On Freedom. She's also the author of the New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.This episode is brought to you by the House of CHANEL, creator of the iconic J12 sports watch. Always in motion, the J12 travels through time without ever losing its identity.Want more Thresholds? Visit www.thisisthresholds.comBe sure to rate/review/subscribe! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


15 Sep 2021

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Episode 120: Maggie Nelson

The Maris Review

Maggie Nelson is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently the New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts. Her latest work of criticism is called On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint.Recommended Reading:The Force of Non-Violence by Judith ButlerGood Will Come From the Sea by Christos IkonomouOn Violence and On Violence Against Women by Jacqueline Rose Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


9 Sep 2021

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Bluets by Maggie Nelson ✿ Episode 27 ✿ Roses All Trash Podcast ✿ Read-Community

Roses All Trash

we discuss what it means to want someone, and what it means to be wanted. we also do a "what's in my bag" tag sometime in the middle. - Week 1, July 2021: "The Horror of Interpersonal Relationships" #ReadCommunity Read along (with members in 13+ countries!) at linktr.ee/readcommunity 💗 - #ROSESALLTRASH PODCAST: What does a justice-informed, justice-oriented lifestyle actually look like? How do collectivists conceptualize the self? Where's the emotion in leftist action? Ryen and Katherine do the work in real-time: every episode, we puzzle out power structures in economy, beauty, and media. Follow our Instagram accounts: @rosesalltrash @rrryen @katherine.shark--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/roses-all-trash/support


4 Jul 2021

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JANE HAYES GREENWOOD (and Maggie Nelson)


Jane Hayes Greenwood selects 'The Argonauts' by Maggie Nelson. Published in 2015, it is a whirlwind fusion of contemporary queer theory, autobiography, philosophy, art, motherhood and, perhaps best of all, a beautiful love story. JANE HAYES GREENWOOD janehayesgreenwood.com ARTISTS, THINKERS, PUBLICATIONS Ambit Magazine Dana Schutz D W Winnicott Edward Burra Emma Cousin Esther Leslie Harry Dodge Jane Gallop Kristian Day Lindsey Mendick Ludwig Wittgenstein Melanie Jackson Olivia Bax Roland Barthes 'A Lovers Discourse' 1977 Rosalind Krauss Stanley Spence ART GALLERIES Block 336 City and Guilds of London Art School Goldsmiths CCA Grand Union Peter von Kant Gallery Saatchi Gallery Tate Modern


30 Oct 2020

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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Wayne Koestenbaum, "FIGURE IT OUT" w/ Maggie Nelson

Skylight Books Podcast Series

In his new nonfiction collection, poet, artist, critic, novelist, and performer Wayne Koestenbaum enacts twenty-six ecstatic collisions between his mind and the world. A subway passenger’s leather bracelet prompts musings on the German word for “stranger”; Montaigne leads to the memory of a fourth-grade friend’s stinky feet. Wayne dreams about a handjob from John Ashbery, swims next to Nicole Kidman, reclaims Robert Rauschenberg’s squeegee, and apotheosizes Marguerite Duras as a destroyer of sentences. He directly proposes assignments to readers: “Buy a one-dollar cactus, and start anthropomorphizing it. Call it Sabrina.” “Describe an ungenerous or unkind act you have committed.” “Find in every orgasm an encyclopedic richness . . . Reimagine doing the laundry as having an orgasm, and reinterpret orgasm as not a tiny experience, temporally limited, occurring in a single human body, but as an experience that somehow touches on all of human history.” Figure It Out is both a guidebook for, and the embodiment of, the practices of pleasure, attentiveness, art, and play. Koestenbaum is in conversation with Maggie Nelson, author of nine books of poetry and prose, including the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, The Red Parts, and Jane: A Murder. _______________________________________________ Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang. Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

1hr 21mins

8 Jul 2020

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The Quarantine Tapes 048: Maggie Nelson

The Quarantine Tapes

“I think about it a lot with dance and I think about it alot with the relationship between a body contributing something into space with others and how that relates to a life of the mind; in what ways do our words dance with each other…” On episode 048 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by acclaimed author Maggie Nelson. Maggie discusses the challenges of online teaching during the pandemic, and what it’s been like to work on her new book. Paul and Maggie also explore the similarities between dancing and writing, and the relation of both to performance and improvisation. Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorization, and include titles such as The Argonauts(2015), The Art of Cruelty (2011), Bluets (2009), and The Red Parts (2007). In 2021 she will publish a work of cultural criticism tentatively titled The Myth of Freedom, followed by a collection of art essays in 2022. In 2016 she was awarded a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She teaches at USC and lives in Los Angeles.


29 May 2020