By Mary Gordon
Publish yr note: First released in 2000
Mary Gordon, bestselling writer of Spending and The Shadow Man, investigates the position that position performs within the formation of identification -- the connections among how we event position and the way we turn into ourselves. From her grandmother's apartment, which stood on the middle of her early life lifestyles, to a rented residence on Cape Cod, the place she started to mature as a author, Mary Gordon navigates the reader via those areas and worlds with subtlety and elegance. clever, funny, and clever, Seeing via Places illuminates the connection among the actual, emotional, and highbrow architectures of our lives, displaying us the far-reaching energy that locations finally have in influencing a lifestyles.
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We write when we cannot speak, when contingent ob stacles, whi-ch can be reduced to so many forms of dis tance, preven� the voice from carrying. Writing is a form of telecommunication (M, 31 1-1 3) : we know all its advantages, which are not without serious problems too, just as well known. There is no question of con testing experience here: everyone knows that the writ ten word hugely extends the scope oflanguage in space and time, and that what we commonly call history, at least thought of as progress or decline, only begins with it � Everyone also knows that for all sorts of rea sons writing exposes thought to risks which some times, if not most often, seem to be more important than the advantages.
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Ning for the first plane to Nice, tie, dark suit, white kippa in my pocket, trying in vain rtot only to cry but, I don't know, to stop myself crying, et Jletum frenabam, * to get myself out of all the programs and quotations, when the unforeseeable did not fail to happen, surprising me absolutely but like what goes without saying, inflexible destiny, i.
Seeing Through Places: Reflections on Geography and Identity by Mary Gordon