By Elizabeth Block
OCT 2021 | Books
What kind of feminist would rather be labeled, according to real estate terminology, as chattel real, rather than flipping that metaphor literally to lord of the land? With all the privileges and advantages real estate offers for wealth building, why just daydream about it if one has book advances and award money to buy a little security? These are questions inevitably raised, but not resolved, in Deborah Levys third book in a contemplative memoir series, Real Estate.
By Taney Roniger
JUNE 2020 | Critics Page
The words in my title belong to Robert Irwin. I came across them years ago in Lawrence Weschlers much-loved book of dialogues with the artist, and since then theyve become something of a personal shibboleth. Referring to his technique for placing bets at the track (a second vocation in which he enjoyed great success), Irwin relayed that, after carefully studying the statistics for each horse, he would forget all the facts, close his eyes, and run his hand over the race. I dont think Ive encountered a better metaphor for tacit thinking: the kind of thinking we do unconsciously, without language, with and through our bodies.