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Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  10 reviews
How do the bodies we inhabit affect our relationship with art? How does art affect our relationship to our bodies? T Fleischmann uses Felix Gonzáles-Torres's artworks—piles of candy, stacks of paper, puzzles—as a path through questions of love and loss, violence and rejuvenation, gender and sexuality. From the back porches of Buffalo, to the galleries of New York and L.A., ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Coffee House Press
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Not too interesting.
Not too good writing.
Not too medically informed.
Not too healthy a relationship with oneself portrayed.

The main protagonist is seriously at odds with their body, looks, sex, life, people... many things. I don't think their main issue was their sex or whatever. This protagonist came across as abused, taken advantage of, misunderstood person who suffered way too much and not just from gender dysphoria but from general lack of self-sympathy, which is an entirely too painful thi
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John
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the first book I truly loved in 2019. It's such a wonderfully built essay/book, circling and weaving, always on the move. Mixing criticism & autobiography, it reads similarly to Maggie Nelson, and anyone who liked Bluets or The Argonauts should probably read this (especially because there's not the weird fetishism-y vibes of trans people in this one).

The way that Fleischmann discusses their identity, their resistance to much of the firm language relating to queer identities,
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Oliver Baez Bendorf
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I know it's not that simple, tit for tap, but I don't want to give any more of my touch to language. I just want language to generate more touch." A book about Felix Gonzalez-Torres, ice, and sex, but also coming into one's body and how or why to live and love "uninscribed," as a writer. I read this out loud to a lover in two three-hour stretches over two days. It's tender, agile, and smart, and I didn't want it to end.
Leo Robertson
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I bought this thinking, as per the description, it would have a lot to do with Felix Gonzales-Torres' work. I was excited for a contemporary take on it.

I first encountered Felix Gonzales-Torres' work in the Astrup Fearnley gallery in Oslo. Untitled (Blue Placebo) was on display. The piece, for those who don't know, is a pile of boiled sweets wrapped in blue cellophane. 130 kg of which, to be precise, the weight (as I understand it) of Gonzales-Torres' lover Ross, who eventually died of AIDS. The
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Jerrie (redwritinghood)
This is a long essay about the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres, ice, and sex. No, that is just the superficial description. It is about transformation in the uninscribed. As a trans person, the author focuses a lot on the transitions of the body, whether through aging, gender, or death. Also explored are the relationship between love and desire, societal change, and, of course, the transformations of ice (breaking, melting). Complex, but grounded. Graphic, yet compassionate.
The flow is a bit chopp
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M. Sarki
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Not my cup of tea. Not fair to review a work on a subject I know nothing about. But I will rate the book as OK even though it was not.
Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
i love adding books based on the title ONLY
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