Read 300 Arguments: Essays Online Free - A brilliant and exhilarating sequence of aphorisms from one of our greatest essayists
There will come a time when people decide you’ve had enough of your grief, and they’ll try to take it away from you.
Bad art is from no one to no one.
Am I happy? Damned if I know, but give me a few minutes and I’ll tell you whether you are.
Thank heaven I don’t have my friends’ problems. But sometimes I notice an expression on one of their faces that I recognize as secret gratitude.
I read sad stories to inoculate myself against grief. I watch action movies to identify with the quick-witted heroes. Both the same fantasy: I’ll escape the worst of it.
—from 300 Arguments
A “Proustian minimalist on the order of Lydia Davis” (Kirkus Reviews), Sarah Manguso is one of the finest literary artists at work today. To read her work is to witness acrobatic acts of compression in the service of extraordinary psychological and spiritual insight.
300 Arguments, a foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing, is at first glance a group of unrelated aphorisms. But, as in the work of David Markson, the pieces reveal themselves as a masterful arrangement that steadily gathers power. Manguso’s arguments about desire, ambition, relationships, and failure are pithy, unsentimental, and defiant, and they add up to an unexpected and renegade wisdom literature.
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September 11, 2016
Just not my cup of tea, but full of wit and wisdom. Most people will love this book. It's me, not the 300 arguments.
April 22, 2017
I always drop everything to read the latest from Sarah Manguso, for she has never written anything but a brilliant book. 300 ARGUMENTS is no exception. She has a mind I'd follow anywhere, any time. We are lucky to be alive at the same time she is producing such vital work. And lucky that Graywolf...
April 25, 2017
Through this tapestry of life runs the thread of connection - all our efforts to connect with others to make our existence bearable. Glad to have found this talented writer.
September 25, 2016
More like a 3.5, really, but I don't want Vincent to think poorly of me.
"Think of this as a short book composed entirely of what I hoped would be a long book's quotable passages."
I want the long book. Or the medium book.
There are a lot of quotable passages here--advice, anecdotes, dreams--but...
July 03, 2017
Middle of the road - some aphorisms/prose poems elicited an "ooh", and others just felt like a diary of the mundane.
June 16, 2017
There truly are two kinds of people: you and everyone else.
Biographies should also contain the events that failed to foreshadow.
You can choose your friends but not your friendships.
Aspiring to fame is aspiring to a life of small talk.
Everything has to be paid for, especially money.
March 05, 2017
She is brilliant, simple as that. You could think about each of these for a day, a year, forever.
April 12, 2017
This is everything I want from a book. Poetic, detailed, eccentric, and thought provoking. How can you not love a book filled with 300 passages not necessarily related to the previous passage? This book covers depression, writing, affairs, motherhood, jealousy, and more. For similar reads: Bluets...
March 31, 2017
most accurate back cover blurb ever:
"Think of this as a short book composed entirely of what I hoped would be a long book's quotable passages.”
April 18, 2017
If you like this kind of thing, and I do, then you'll love 300 Arguments. I'm having trouble thinking of what to call "this kind of thing." Arguments, taken from facing pages, include "I want to shed my fears one by one until there's nothing left of me," and "There once was another Sarah Manguso....