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Other People's Words: Friendship, Loss, and the Conversations That Never End By Lissa Soep Cover Image
ISBN: 9781954118355
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 16th, 2024

The moment after I read the last sentence, I sent a message to Lissa thanking her for writing this. In a beautiful combination of linguistics, letters, and love, Lissa shares her story of grief after the unrelated passing of two of her closest friends. As someone with an affinity for language, I deeply appreciate her use of linguistic philosophy and theory to impress the weight of words and meaning and how they emanate beyond their initial utterance. I have sinfully dog-eared many of my copy’s pages in an attempt to squirrel away sentences for when I need to read them most. I hope this book brings readers the same comfort it brought me.

Review by Bailey

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A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past By Lewis Hyde Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250619532
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Published: Picador - September 22nd, 2020

Lewis Hyde imagines a world in which the loss of memory—not published thought, not the Cloud, not ink spilled or the tyranny of documentation—is not only a gift, but a foundation for nations, the self, and creation. Lewis Hyde's goal isn't to comfort, but to create a new mythology of loss, citing Borges, Virgil, Emerson, John Cage, and dozens more, pasting together quotes and anecdotes, aphorism and vignette in what must be Hyde's greatest work, a sublime museum of loss as swift and venerable as the river Lethe.

Review by Spencer R.