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What I most loved was the use of space on the page, and the way the photos and words worked to give you time to reflect on the things that were being shared. This is a memoir, but mostly it is many little pieces of life and philosophy and art pieced together into a mosaic that is this one individual, Mae.
This book is best read in silence, outside by the shade of trees. That's how i read it, so trust me when I say this is a very powerful book. You must be patient with it, contemplate not only the words and the photographs but the spaces as well. Sometimes the turning of the pages. A few times I found myself almost weeping, swept under by the memoir's power and beauty. Other times I felt the presence of goosebumps on my arms. The moments never lasted long with the mosquitos sucking my blood. There ...more
Once again, Doug Rice brings memory, loss, desire, and love between the whispers of the past and the photographs of the moment. Like the river, it is gentle and violent and constantly moving. Changing. Less of a book, more like theater, we participate in the myths, the gaze, the remembering.
Doug Rice is the author of Here Lies Memory, An Erotics of Desire, Dream Memoirs of a Fabulist, Faraway, So Close, Between Appear and Disappear, The Sacred Book of Silence (translated into the German as Das Heilige Buch der Stille), Blood of Mugwump (translated into the French as Le Sang des Mugwump), Skin Prayer: fragments of abject memory, and A Good CuntBoy is Hard to Find. His work has ...moreMore about Doug Rice...