“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The Stuff of Life audiobook coming soon, read by me

 Have you read The Stuff of Life yet? It has some dynamite...stuff in it. 

It's an OOO memoir. I am very keen on it. It was hard to write it: I had to push through a lot of defenses to write it. 

There is all kinds of writing in there on my childhood--very much that's the emphasis. But there are also chapters on other moments. Gender features hugely in there. There's a chapter on concealer. 

Another "object" in the book is grief. I consider myself at this point something of a grief specialist, not that this means anything to do with mastery. It's more like, I'm okay with being mastered by it. 

A study of the phenomenology of grief reveals a lot of truths about object-oriented ontology. 

I'm very happy to announce that I'll be recording the audiobook, next week in fact! This is the first time I've been asked to record a book of mine, and I personally think that's a good decision, because I've often been told, by total strangers (and by the BBC LOL) that I have a lovely radio voice. 

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