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On April 11, 1931, Virginia Woolf ended her entry in A Writer’s Diary with the words “too much and not the mood.” She was describing how tired she was of correcting her own writing, of the “cramming in and the cutting out” to please other readers, wondering if she had anything at all that was truly worth saying.
The character of that sentiment, the attitude of it, inspired Durga Chew-Bose to write and collect her own work. The result is a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays, letters (to her grandmother, to the basketball star Michael Jordon, to Death), and her own brand of essay-meets-prose poetry about identity and culture. Inspired by Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, Lydia Davis’s short prose, and Vivian Gornick’s exploration of interior life, Chew-Bose captures the inner restlessness that keeps her always on the brink of creative expression.
Too Much and Not the Mood is a beautiful and surprising exploration of what it means to be a first-generation, creative young woman working today.
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May 09, 2017
On April 11, 1931, Virginia Woolf ended her entry in A Writer’s Diary with the words “too much and not the mood.” She was describing how tired she was of correcting her own writing, of the “cramming in and the cutting out” to please other readers, wondering if she had anything at all that was tru...
September 08, 2017
there are some books that make you feel like you're going through a slump, and some that make you want to take your time and savour it. Too Much and Not the Mood was the latter. it took me a long time to read it, but every few sentences i wanted to pause and reconsider my life. truly a gem.
April 11, 2017
My experience reading this (particularly Heart Museum, the first and longest essay) was a little like listening to a new album for the first time: I would either snag on a sentence and read it on repeat or I'd plow ahead and let the writing wash over me, see what feelings it inspired while intend...
May 27, 2017
Among the best personal essays I've ever read. I took photos of at least fifteen pages to send to friends in the first chapter before realizing I'd just have to buy them copies instead.
May 20, 2017
durga chew-bose made me cry, forty-five minutes into a flight from marseille to new york. i was leaving one home for another, leaving my french host family depuis quatre mois (or, my french grandparents as i began referring to them, who had just the night before read my farewell card out loud at...
January 07, 2018
Such a wonderful writer and a rare talent. I found a lot to love about these essays, but they didn’t quite connect with me emotionally the way other collections have done. More to come once I’ve considered my thoughts more carefully.
May 19, 2017
just some quick notes
why do i like durgas writing so much
i like the idea of writing whilst having someone in mind that you are writing to
and the emphasis on sounds.
lots of walking through collections of images, not arriving at any stark conclusions, and the reassurance in that
the noise for the...
May 22, 2017
Personal essays, filled with digressions and tangents - the first (and longest) essay set me back on my heels a bit, but I eventually got into the rhythm of the language and let all the twists and turns was over me.
February 19, 2018
June 30, 2017
Loved the first (longer) essay - really lovely writing and really interesting ideas and links. The other essays, while still really good, weren't as stand out. Am super interested in reading more by Durga and would recommend this to people.