The Book of Delights

About the Author: Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of three books Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude He is also the co author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook Lace and Pyrite Letters from Two Gardens, in addition to being co author, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr., of the chapbook, River He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sport

[Epub] The Book of Delights  By Ross Gay –
  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Book of Delights
  • Ross Gay
  • 21 October 2017
  • 9781616207922

The Book of Delights Ross Gay S The Book Of Delights Is A Genre Defying Book Of Essays Some As Short As A Paragraph Some As Long As Five Pages That Record The Small Joys That Occurred In One Year, From Birthday To Birthday, And That We Often Overlook In Our Busy Lives His Is A Meditation On Delight That Takes A Clear Eyed View Of The Complexities, Even The Terrors, In His Life, Including Living In America As A Black Man The Ecological And Psychic Violence Of Our Consumer Culture The Loss Of Those He Loves Among Gay S Funny, Poetic, Philosophical Delights The Way Botan Rice Candy Wrappers Melt In Your Mouth, The Volunteer Crossing Guard With A Pronounced Tremor Whom He Imagines As A Kind Of Boat Woman Escorting Pedestrians Across The River Styx, A Friend S Unabashed Use Of Air Quotes, Pickup Basketball Games, The Silent Nod Of Acknowledgment Between Black People And Than Any Other Subject, Gay Celebrates The Beauty Of The Natural World His Garden, The Flowers In The Sidewalk, The Birds, The Bees, The Mushrooms, The Trees.This Is Not A Book Of How To Or Inspiration, Though It Could Be Read That Way Fans Of Roxane Gay, Maggie Nelson, And Kiese Laymon Will Revel In Gay S Voice, And His InsightsThe Book Of Delights Is About Our Connection To The World, To Each Other, And The Rewards That Come From A Life Closely Observed Gay S Pieces Serve As A Powerful And Necessary Reminder That We Can, And Should, Stake Out A Space In Our Lives For Delight.

10 thoughts on “The Book of Delights

  1. Sean Gibson says:

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage related character defects We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will benevolently continue to give her the benefit of the delightful doubt Gay is an accomplished poet whose prose is dense and digressionary That s not to say that it s bad, or even unpleasant to read it may, however, not be to the tastes of someone who, unlike myself, does not delight in copious quantities of clauses and parentheticals breaking up thoughts that, even uninterrupted, don t always lead to a particularly noteworthy conclusion Still, when he s not being overly precious or twee, as Allie so perfectly characterized a number of what Ross calls his essayettes or being thoroughly descriptive with respect to how and where he moisturizes himself, and to what extent, after a shower, Gay s attempts to convey what he finds delightful in everyday life are often enlightening...

  2. Laurie Anderson says:

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy Everybody in the whole world should buy and read this book It was the perfect book with which to end 2018 and approach 2019 with some steadfast hope.You should also check ...

  3. Ellie says:

    I loved Ross Gay s volume of poetry, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude so I was eager to read this book of essays Plus I m always looking for ways to increase my own gratitude, to notice what is good in life as well as what is lacking or painful.It took me a while to get into the rhythm of this book, mostly because I tend to rush through books and this one resisted such treatment It demanded to be read slowly, to be savored Once I caught on to this, I began to appreciate it better and to enjoy it.Most of Gay s delights consist of small moments, savoring coffee, bringing a tomato on a plane, sharing hellos with strangers These moments are available to me as well, although I usually take them for granted I guess this book is about not taking small moments for granted but noticing them, holding them up to the sun and enjoying them.Gay s book does not deny the difficul...

  4. Billie says:

    I really needed this right now I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us Thank you, Mr Gay, for being a light The world needs you and people like you very much right now.February 3, 2019 So, I spent the last couple of days listeni...

  5. Ken says:

    These essays are briefer than Fruit of the Loom, most three pages or less in an already miniature sized book If you re looking to compare Ross Gay to stellar essayists like David Shields, John D Agata, Marilynne Robinson, and Sarah Vowell, you ll find him wanting It s fun and loose, an experiment he did wherein he d try to find joy in something every day for ...

  6. Allison says:

    Absolutely delightful Review to come

  7. Sarah says:

    This is such a delightful book It s politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical It s funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has fou...

  8. Allie says:

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays He writes with great exuberance in a warm, authentic voice Gay is a progressive, feminist, tree hugging, African American writer whose values align closely with mine So I fully expected to love this book.And yetI struggled with Gay s writing style, which is often a rambling, joyful, stream of consciousness He expresses himself in convoluted, paragraph length sentences with so many digressions that his original point is a distant memory by the time a period is finally reached In between these paragraphs, there are often two or three word sentence fragments, as if Gay is a swimmer taking a quick breath before diving back into the soup of words.There were several lovely essays, including one where he reminisces about capturing fireflies with his father as a child and another about how writing by hand is a completely different process than using a computer I found Gay s commentary about be...

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  10. Gretchen Lida says:

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once.