The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life

The Wedding Dress Meditations on Word and Life In times of great uncertainty the urgency of the artist s task is only surpassed by its difficulty Ours is such a time and rising to the challenge novelist and poet Fanny Howe suggests new and frui

  • Title: The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life
  • Author: Fanny Howe
  • ISBN: 9780520238404
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • In times of great uncertainty, the urgency of the artist s task is only surpassed by its difficulty Ours is such a time, and rising to the challenge, novelist and poet Fanny Howe suggests new and fruitful ways of thinking about both the artist s role and the condition of doubt In these original meditations on bewilderment, motherhood, imagination, and art making, Howe taIn times of great uncertainty, the urgency of the artist s task is only surpassed by its difficulty Ours is such a time, and rising to the challenge, novelist and poet Fanny Howe suggests new and fruitful ways of thinking about both the artist s role and the condition of doubt In these original meditations on bewilderment, motherhood, imagination, and art making, Howe takes on conventional systems of belief and argues for another, brave way of proceeding In the essays Immanence and Work and Love and those on writers such as Carmelite nun Edith Stein, French mystic Simone Weil, Thomas Hardy, and Ilona Karmel who were particularly affected by political, philosophical, and existential events in the twentieth century she directly engages questions of race, gender, religion, faith, language, and political thought and, in doing so, expands the field of the literary essay A richly evocative memoir, Seeing Is Believing, situates Howe s own domestic and political life in Boston in the late 60s and early 70s within the broader movement for survival and social justice in the face of that city s racism.Whether discussing Weil, Stein, Meister Eckhart, Saint Teresa, Samuel Beckett, or Lady Wilde, Howe writes with consummate authority and grace, turning bewilderment into a lens and a light for finding our way.

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    1. This was challenging and I didn't get all of it but there were so many good lines it was wild Fanny Howe is a genius

    2. Another three-and-a-half stars for me? Probably need to own this and read it again (library copies just do NOT work for stuff of this density). My favorite essay remains her poetics of bewilderment (SIX STARS); also the intro/biographical one. But I wasn't as enthused about the commissioned review-type pieces (Lady Wilde, Edith Stein, e.g.). "Catholic" and "The Contemporary Logos" demand about five re-readings apiece, I think. I think she's Weil's daughter the same way Jan Zwicky is Wittgenstein [...]

    3. "In your cyclical movements you often have to separate from situations and people you love, and the more you love them the more difficult it is to allow anyone new to replace them."This action can produce guilt, withdrawal, and rumination that some might read as depression. But to preserve, and return to a past you have voluntarily left--to suffer remorse--has always signaled a station in spiritual progress"

    4. Howe returns us to the earliest definition of essay-- these are not straightforward essays with clear conclusions. These are meanderings and meditations on what it means to be human, to be alive, to be Fanny Howe. This is a beautiful, thoughtful, and heady book. Begin with the introduction and move into Bewilderment, this is the best way to take the author's ride.

    5. Great essay on the craft and calling of writing. I am amazed she didn't end up with her throat slit (you'll see what I'm talking about when you read about her "open door policy" in the worst neighborhoods). Girl, you must have an angel looking out for you. And you deserve it. One of the finest poets, novelists and sentient, moral human beings working today.

    6. I used to own this book in hard copy and lost it somewhere along the way. I loved the introduction and taught that when I was teaching near Boston. I'm a little over halfway finished and I have to say that I really wanted to like this more than I am so far. I like the stories she relates, but there isn't anything that's totally gripping me about her writing style so far. I really wanted to love this.

    7. I have a huge block on this book: reading it is like trying to decipher a math problem where every other step is omitted. The autobiographical introduction I liked. The first essay "Bewilderment" was interesting (I'm a sucker for the Sufi), but. not my favorite.[First reading attempt March 2009]

    8. Disappointing. Best I can say is that there are little crumbs that a reader might take and spin off into something thoughtful. Perhaps I didn't much care for the books and authors she wrote about. I liked the poetic springboard, but ultimately I didn't find it rewarding for my time.

    9. Using just words, Fanny Howe gives you something rather than tells you something. Most of these essays are more like poems or abstract paintings in form. Some kind of magic when they work for you.

    10. the essays included in this collection really amplify the taut and occasionally difficult poetry that fanny howe has produced. particularly special to me was her essay on bewilderment as a desirable state.

    11. This book is a primary resource for me. However, practically anyone who is my friend has read it, so my comments are likely unnecessary.

    12. Howe is able to catch the sinews of unconscious impulse and stunningly elaborated on, fully synthesized proposition. A brilliant and gorgeous book.

    13. I checked out this book at the library - half through, I went ahead and ordered it, I can tell that I will want this book on my bookshelf!

    14. poetic, thoughtful, lovely, dense. borrowed from the library, and overdue upon return must purchase it to reread just a few more times.

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