‘The axing of schemata’

Maggie Nelson’s contrapuntal freedom songs
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October 2021, no. 436
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On Freedom: Four songs of care and constraint by Maggie Nelson

Jonathan Cape, $35 pb, 288 pp

‘The axing of schemata’

Maggie Nelson’s contrapuntal freedom songs
by
October 2021, no. 436

‘I just want you to feel free, I said in anger disguised as compassion, compassion disguised as anger.’ These are Maggie Nelson’s words to her partner, artist Harry Dodge, as the two negotiate the shapes of love, family, and gender. These include Harry’s gender fluidity (‘I’m not on my way anywhere, Harry sometimes tells inquirers’), children, and marriage, which they ‘kill ... (unforgivable). Or reinforce ... (unforgivable)’ when they rush to wed ahead of the Proposition 8 legislation that, for a time, eliminated same-sex marriage in California.

Felicity Plunkett reviews 'On Freedom: Four songs of care and constraint' by Maggie Nelson

On Freedom: Four songs of care and constraint

by Maggie Nelson

Jonathan Cape, $35 pb, 288 pp

Buy this book

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