The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

In a passage about how a pupil of Eileen Myles describes her teaching method as "throwing a pizza at us", and Nelson's response being, "you should be so lucky to get a pizza in the face from Eileen Myles", makes me believe we should be so lucky to get a book in the face from Maggie Nelson.
What I like most about Nelson's topographic exploration into the nuances of gender and sexual identities is how candid and human she makes every page feel. Joys and pains between her romantic and maternal relationships are underlined by acknowledgements of her own self doubts and triumphs, no matter how fleeting.
Like its author, the Argonauts is too smart to be tied down to any one category of thought or genre, instead you might call it an experience, and you should, it's a blistering experience, one I plan to consume over and over. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell