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The Persistent Desire by Joan Nestle
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, essays, epistolary, feminisms, first-person, love-stories, mysaturnreturns, nonfiction, sociological
Read in July, 2011

On a major Joan Nestle kick. Even though The Persistent Desire gets referenced all the time in newer books, I couldn't find it in any bookstore and had to special order. Well worth the postage, and a great one to read aloud. The book feels like a conversation held under a big warm tent that could only have been pitched by a great humanist editor like Nestle. Her busy mending and minding of these stories is evident in the way it's knitted all together, beautifully patterned by Nestle web-spinning. You can still see the individual threads distinct, filament wrapped round filament; the bumps and carcasses are woven into the whole as opposed to dried out by editorializing about "problematics." I felt so human, and so aware of others' humanity, while reading this book.
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