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Like Love

Essays and Conversations
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Maggie Nelson
Like Love is a momentous, raucous collection of essays drawn from twenty years of Maggie Nelson’s brilliant work. These profiles, reviews, remembrances, tributes, and critical essays, as well as several conversations with friends and idols, bring to life Nelson’s passion for dialogue and dissent. The range of subjects is wide—from Prince to Carolee Schneemann to Matthew Barney to Lhasa de Sela to Kara Walker—but certain themes recur: intergenerational exchange; love and friendship; feminist and queer issues, especially as they shift over time; subversion, transgression, and perversity; the roles of the critic and of language in relation to visual and performance arts; forces that feed or impede certain bodies and creators; and the fruits and follies of a life spent devoted to making.

Arranged chronologically, Like Love shows the writing, thinking, feeling, reading, looking, and conversing that occupied Nelson while writing iconic books such as Bluets and The Argonauts. As such, it is a portrait of a time, an anarchic party rich with wild guests, a window into Nelson’s own development, and a testament to the profound sustenance offered by art and artists.

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A career-spanning collection of inspiring, revelrous essays about art and artists

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Maggie  Nelson
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Maggie Nelson is the author of several books of prose and poetry including The Red Parts, Bluets, the National Book Critics Circle Award–winner The Argonauts, and On Freedom. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

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Maggie Nelson reading and in conversation with Claire Dederer about LIKE LOVE at Third Place Books (Seward Park)

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  • “Penetrating and lucid. . . . Every essay is a master class in close looking. . . . Nelson’s insights are vital and sustaining.”Booklist, starred review
  • “There are a couple authors and artists out there that I am distinctly grateful to be alive alongside, and Maggie Nelson might be at the top of that list. . . . [Like Love is] a stunning and integral book.”—Julia Hass, Literary Hub's “Most Anticipated Books of 2024”
  • “Drawn from nearly 20 years of genre-defying author Maggie Nelson’s work, Like Love offers incisive commentary on topics ranging from music and literature to feminism and queerness to motherhood and love.”Time's “Most Anticipated Books of 2024”
  • “Nelson’s admiration and enthusiasm for her subjects is a palpable driver of joy and delight. . . . A revelatory gathering of beloved art and artists presented with distinctive prose.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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