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My Meteorite: Or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  26 reviews
An expansive, radiant, and genre-defying investigation into bonding--and how we are shaped by forces we cannot fully know

Is love a force akin to gravity? A kind of invisible fabric which enables communications through space and time? Artist Harry Dodge finds himself contemplating such questions as his father declines from dementia and he rekindles a bewildering but powe
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Penguin Books
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Morgan M. Page
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I'm wondering if hanging out with people causes more synchronicity, more coincidences - events which in turn lead me to have a clearer sense of life's magic, life's meaningfulness. A kind of patternicity that I find comforting," Harry Dodge sums up his central thesis in this dizzying art memoir.

I've been referring to this book as The Argunaut Speaks, which it is in turns, but Harry - unstuck from time - gives us such a bizarre look at the gears turning inside his head that it truly moves beyond
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Matt
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
An insanely interesting and beautiful memoir. Like many, I was interested in it because of Maggie Nelson's memoir that was published a few years prior. While the subject matter, narrative split from Nelson's work early on, it was more than welcome. Harry's memoir is a touching piece and his relationship with his father in hospice care has completely wrecked me. I'll write more in the morning ...more
Rebecca H.
To say that My Meteorite is a memoir is true, but incomplete. It’s about so many things: art, philosophy, technology, consciousness, love, sex, death, artificial intelligence, family, Maggie Nelson (Dodge’s partner), and, yes, a meteorite. Harry Dodge is an artist living in California. He writes about meeting his birth mother and facing his father’s dementia and deteriorating health. He thinks about coincidences and the invisible forces that connect us to each other and to the world. He challeng ...more
Lindsey King
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
EDIT: As I return to my favourite passages I remember how great and luscious the prose is. What was driving this original review seems like some hot desire to be critical and contrarian for what end, I’m not sure. My meteorite is very, very good.

ORIGINAL: I felt the most successful parts of this book were the longer ornate sections about walking with his sons and images of his father’s deteriorating memory. The less successful parts, for me, were the general cataloguing of coincidence and meand
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Jacob Wren
A few short passages from My Meteorite:

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I don’t believe I’m my own best front (terminal, tie-in, interface): my body, my social bones, what’s on offer there. Rather I want my art (these objects, this language) to be my social body; I believe the art is a better nexus (joint?) to the best parts of me, a realer me. I want to stay home and work – let art do all my talking.

Not unrelated, I always think if I put everything into the work (to the exclusion of all else), the objects that erupt, pullulat
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malou
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
"coincidences are not coincidences per se, they are simply flows of events in which every other possible event is simultaneously happening in infinite other worlds. so there's a world in which i never found my birth mother, and also, i guess, one in which she and i had different disgusting, pulpy science-fiction books. and also one in which when i met her i didn't want to fuck her."

a curve ball of a book!!!! picked it up because i love the argonauts by maggie nelson which is in many ways about
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Daniel
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Captivant? Non. Dodge fait du Rebecca Solnit en y ajoutant du jargon postmoderne et de l’anglais qui ressemble à du français (politesse, vertebral column, evidently). Ça parle (dans un chaos contrôlé et maintenu sur le respirateur artificiel) de la mort du père, de la recherche de la mère biologique, de transhumanité, de réseaux et de rhizomes, de singularité à la Kursweil, de, oui, un morceau de météorite acheté sur eBay qui fait son apparition par-ci par là, d’art et de communication, de paren ...more
Abby Howell
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time, since I have slowed down at the end of a book because I didn't want it to end, but, here we are, I've finished and Harry Dodge has given me a lot to think about. It's a blend, non linear (very non linear!) narrative about the decline and death of his father, finding his birth mother, acquiring a meteorite, talks and walks with his young son, and, oh, much stuff about AI and time and what is art, why do we meet up and talk with people, what he calls sociality, why interacti ...more
J
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Astounding vocabulary.
Miguel
Aug 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a title that will undoubtedly appear on a few 2020 top 10 lists for books in ArtForum which isn’t exactly high praise. This disjointed snoozefest is something that my pretentious 18 year old self would likely have found ‘deep’. It’s seldom that I read a book and have confidence that my lowly engineering degree and popular science reading has enabled a better understanding of science and technology concepts than what has made it into a published work: quoting Ray Kurzweil a couple of time ...more
Alastair Woods
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
As a huge fan of Maggie Nelson, I had high expectations for this book by association. I can say that overall those expectations weren't disappointed. This is a genre-defying memoir that circles around the topics of coincidence, synchronicity and randomness. It jumps back and forth across space and time; structured like entries lifted from a diary and put in polychronic order. The writing style could at times feel a little too dense and over-intellectualized, with lots of frilly words being used ...more
McKenzie Wark
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is wild. I love its associative way of thinking. It's a really good insight into a certain kind of creative process, how an artist might work. There's beautiful stories about finding a lost parent, and being a parent. Parenting while trans is something we could really use more writing on. There's a tendency to name-drop when the author doesn't really have much to say about the famous person, the only thing I found distracting. ...more
Rebecca
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I’m reading am I in two places at once? What are the conditions that would qualify me as “present”? Is “presence” adjudicated by the ability I have to make a splash in some environment, the possibility for concentric rings of affect to blossom - self as a pebble penetrating the surface of a pond?
Hanne Vogelaers
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. So fresh and captivating. Weirdly enough it's about coincidences—and so many topics in the book is stuff that I had been thinking about recently or there are quotes from authors I'm really into at the moment. Could not stop reading, and that doesn't happen to me so often. ...more
Emmett Pinsky
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
beautiful. harry is my role model
Christopher
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Found this outside a bookstore for free. Has some interesting concepts but it was too sporadic for me.
Suzanne Senay
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Not sure about the metaphysics, but the frankness is a tonic. Dodge gives us life with responsibility but without judgment.
Kyle Fitzpatrick
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Grand aspirations, okay execution, that I did not finish.
Stephen
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW
Joe S.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a sentence with 30,000 predicates
Amelia
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5
Rachel
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting and intriguing. Loved all of the details.
Melissa
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Immersive. Intriguing. Beautifully written. Great development and good characters. I really enjoyed the style
Eva Monxy
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A weird and chewy book, definitely too smart for me to fully grasp, but also much more manageable than The Argonauts (soz). Harry's taking us through time traveling book of coincidence and the quantum constructs of our internal narratives, and I loved it. ...more
Kelly
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Parts of this book need the brain taken out. Parts, where the brain can't be seen, are readily/easily/totally enjoyable. 2.5 ...more
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