Ongoingness Epub Ê Hardcover


  • Hardcover
  • 104 pages
  • Ongoingness
  • Sarah Manguso
  • 07 March 2016
  • 9781555977030

10 thoughts on “Ongoingness

  1. Vincent Scarpa Vincent Scarpa says:

    Time punishes us by taking everything but it also saves us—by taking everythingGulp


  2. Hannah Hannah says:

    I adored this When it arrived I just wanted to have a peak at the first page and suddenly I was a third of the way through There is just something hypnotizing about Sarah Manguso’s writing and I cannot wait to pick up of her booksThis is a book about a diary without any uotes taken from that diary at all As such it is obviously an incomplete text – but some reason I cannot even put into words it spoke deeply to me Sarah Manguso kept a diary obsessively so for years “I wrote about myself so I wouldn’t become paralyzed by rumination – so I could stop thinking about what had happened and be done with it” Until she stopped She writes in short fragmented paragraphs about a text the reader cannot access – and everything about that just worked for me so very wellI found this book mesmerizing and deeply moving; her language is precise and no word is obsolete which is often my favourite type of language I cannot uite give it five stars as it is super short and maybe could have been fleshed out But on the other hand every sentence of this book hit homeYou can find this review and other thoughts on books on my blog


  3. Leigh Stein Leigh Stein says:

    “Nothing’s gone not really Everything that’s ever happened has left its little wound” You will devour this book


  4. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    Ongoingness is difficult to talk about because the book is essentially a document talking about another document so any review of it is a document talking about a document talking about a document The farther one gets from the original document the abstract the whole thing becomes I’ll do my best Sarah Manguso kept a daily diary for many years; then she stopped keeping one This book is about both of those things No excerpts from the diary are included Ongoingness is simply about the issues keeping a diary raised for Manguso and why she finally uit Recording daily events was Manguso’s way of making sure that she was paying attention; that she was remembering things; that she wasn’t letting life pass her by But you simply cannot record every element of your life; you pick and choose what to include and what to leave out and thereby shape your memory and your past whether you mean to or not And what of all those moments that don’t get included? Maybe things unrecorded and forgotten would have actually been significant if they had been saved somehow instead of being lost One thing that occurred to me is that all this time spent recording events and thoughts and fretting over whether the recording is being done right could prevent a person from actually living the life that’s in front of them Strangely this doesn’t seem to occur to Manguso although many other things doAs for why she stops I won’t give it away except to say that it was a bit unsatisfying for me a bit heard it all before and at that point I began to get a little annoyed and started scribbling responses to Manguso in the margins So oddly when the book became less interesting to me is when I started having a passionate response to it I guess that’s a good thingA warning This book is extremely short It’s about 90 smallish pages and most of them contain only a paragraph—indeed if the book hadn’t been laid out this way it would probably have had too few pages to bind or sell Beyond that the form reminded me of Maggie Nelson’s Bluets in its apportioning of brief interconnected itemsI wavered in my rating of Ongoingness Ultimately I think the book could have done with the topic There’s a bit of a “who cares” uality to reading about someone else’s diary keeping when no attempt has been made to make the whole thing less insular But I still find myself thinking about the book and turning it over in my head several days later and that’s rare enough that it wins my respect


  5. Lee Klein Lee Klein says:

    So short and spare it felt good to read in a day and write a review adding to my 2017 read list But it's so unspecific in its language definitely hurt my estimation of it that I read this after KOK's perfectly descriptive world evoking utterly animated and alive Autumn and for a book about memory always fertile ground for literary agrarianism it underwhelms let's just say that the patron saint of memory Monsieur Proust compares favorably to this Pregnancy brain bits were interesting but from experience I know the phenomenon also applies to fathers in that the brain cannot handle the accumulation of so much primary colored plastic on the floor and having to wash all those sippy cups Absolutely unlike William Gaddis's Bernhard inspired Agapē Agape that also explores an enormous long time project off stage Gaddis's unpublished novel on the player piano Maybe 9K words stretched over 92 spare pages selling for 14 in paperback Sheesh Not worth it unless you want to get a little closer to your yearly reading challenge number ASAP Would've preferred to read the 8k page memoir although not if it's animated by the same spare expression and not particularly enlivening perception If the unanalyzed life isn't worth living a weakly analyzed life or accurately representation of life sure ain't worth reading when your job is to think and write about yourself the stakes start to appear artificially comically high And they must for without them I wouldn't write at all I'd spend the day reading the internet I'd be half done by now This tent definitely feels pitched on artificial unnecessary stakes I feel bad giving it two stars especially if the author ever gets around to reading this corner of the internet but it'd be rude to other books I've rated three stars to knock this up a bit for the sake of brevity


  6. Gretchen Rubin Gretchen Rubin says:

    More Manguso I love her work I'm very interested in unconventional formats so this was of great interest to me


  7. Sian Lile-Pastore Sian Lile-Pastore says:

    Beautiful book about writing diaries memory loss motherhood and time Profound but also slight and short reminded me a little of Rebecca Solnit will be reading


  8. Lucy Dacus Lucy Dacus says:

    As a life long compulsive journaler this got to me It's a short read full of insight about time motherhood memory love meaning aging writing all sorts of good stuff I'll be revisiting


  9. Darcy Darcy says:

    I could have written this book Not in the way that people claim that anyone can write a book but in the sense that every word of this book felt as true and as real to me as if I had written them myself Forty pages in and tears were rolling down my cheeks because I felt like I understood myself better than I ever had before understood life like I never had before I knew I was grown up when I spent time with them and felt not just the weight of my old memories but the weight of theirs from when they were childrenThe astonishingly brief time that we spend in this world and how uickly we forget and are forgotten pained me My life which exists mostly in the memories of the people I've known is deteriorating at the rate of physiological decay A color a sensation the way someone said a single word—soon it will all be gone In a hundred and fifty years no one alive will ever have known me Being forgotten like that entering that great and ongoing blank seems like death than death


  10. Elizabeth A Elizabeth A says:

    I'm a person who has kept a journal since I was a young girl and I am convinced that to non journal keepers keeping a journal for long periods of time must feel like a Jedi Knight skill It might well be I don't know I'm too close to the pages to be able to make an objective assessment I know many people who struggle with keeping a journal and personally I cannot imagine why they do But then I also cannot imagine why people who can read don't All this means is a lack of imagination on my part maybe I am a reader and I am a journaler Oh sure we could use that lofty term Writer and it would apply but why be so formal when we're among friends?Journalers write for all sorts of reasons and I love reading published journals May Sarton's for example are wonderful so I was expecting to love this one Alas I did not The author has kept a journal for twenty five years with this objective I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened Well as those of us who keep journals know that is a tall order indeed This little book is not a published journal it is an essay on keeping a journal and not even an essay but a collection of very short musings on the topicWhat I did like was that the author goes back and looks through all her entries and in these musings meditates on her personal journey There are some wonderful insights and some well crafted sentences that are made me catch my breath but overall this one just left me wanting


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Ongoingness❰Download❯ ✤ Ongoingness Author Sarah Manguso – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk “Manguso has written the memoir we didn’t realize we needed” — The New YorkerIn Ongoingness Sarah Manguso continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay In it she confronts a metic “Manguso has written the memoir we didn’t realize we needed” — The New YorkerIn Ongoingness Sarah Manguso continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay In it she confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty five years “I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened” she explains But this simple statement belies a terror that she might forget something that she might miss something important Maintaining that diary now eight hundred thousand words had become until recently a kind of spiritual practiceThen Manguso became pregnant and had a child and these two Copernican events generated an amnesia that put her into a different relationship with the need to document herself amid ongoing time Ongoingness is a spare meditative work that stands in stark contrast to the volubility of the diary—it is a haunting account of mortality and impermanence of how we struggle to find clarity in the chaos of time that rushes around and over and through us“Bold elegant and honest Ongoingness reads variously as an addict’s testimony a confession a celebration an elegy” — The Paris Review“Manguso captures the central challenge of memory of attentiveness to life A spectacularly and unsummarizably rewarding read” —Maria Popova Brain Pickings.


About the Author: Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso b is an American writer and poet In she was awarded the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters Her memoir The Two Kinds of Decay was reviewed by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and named a Best Nonfiction Book of the Year by the San Francisco ChronicleHer poems and prose have appeared in The.