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reader í Living Thinking Looking 384 pages À naturaltreatment ☆ The internationally acclaimed novelist Siri Hustvedt has also produced a growing body of nonfiction She has published a book of essays on painting Mysteries of the Rectangle as well as an interdisciplinary investigation of a neurological disordIn 2011 she delivered the thirty ninth annual Freud Lecture in Vienna Living Thinking Looking brings together thirty two essays written between 2006 and 2011 in which the author culls insights from philosophy neuroscience psychology psychoanalysis and literatureThe book is divided into three sections the essays in Living draw directly from Hustvedt's life; those in Thinking explore memory emotion and the imagination; and the pieces in I remember the first time I heard of Siri Hustvedt—it was via Larry Ypil poet extraordinaire who’d drawn me aside one night of literature and revelry to say “If you want to read about Eros you have to read Siri Hustvedt”Nearly her entire published oeuvre later I came to her latest collection of essays Living Thinking Looking—picked up from a bookstore one distraught night; it felt like the Universe had consoled me—and I have emerged affirmed of my devotion to Hustvedt The collection felt too much—bewilderingly so—like coming home Or perhaps accurately being reminded of what that familiarity felt like The first essay its very first line “Desire appears as a feeling a flicker or a bomb in the body but it’s always a hunger for something and it always propels us somewhere else toward the thing that is missing” From this nugget of rhetoric the essay “Variations of Desire A Mouse a Dog Buber and Bovary” veers into touchstones seemingly so disparate Siri’s sister Asti pins her childhood longings on a Mickey Mouse telephone; I am introduced to Martin Buber stroking a horse—the “immense vitality” beneath his skin as he did so; and I cross paths once with Madame Bovary And yet Hustvedt makes it workDesire has long been Hustvedt’s forte from her novels and threaded through her nonfiction And the essays in this collection are so unmistakeably to me Hustvedtian They’re essays in the blessedly conventional sense—the simplest route from writer to reader Here are a host of subjects in a deeply personal voice exceedingly intelligent than a little sensuous and familiar all throughout Desire weaves in and out of the essays—“Living” for her musings on family life; “Thinking” for her reflections on the making of and the appreciation of literature the academe as well as her disarmingly easy relationship with neuroscience; “Looking” for her meditations on art Again All of them fascinatingly elouent and all of them unafraid to draw from Hustvedt’s own life No shame to tell the reader that this was how she felt as she thought This unabashedness coupled with her goddamned intellect never fails to send happy shivers down my spineThe first time I read her nonfiction via her collection A Plea for Eros I tapped into that uncanny Hustvedt worldview then expression I’d enumerated above Whilst her fiction was dense and generous tense in its examination of desire and its fathomless rewards and conseuences—will everybody just please read her incomparable novel What I Loved now?—her nonfiction was lucid cerebral but relentlessly personal At the heels of reading Eros I wrote It’s about all things Hustvedt The essays are penetrating eerily intelligent just the right bit of sensuality The pieces are reflections on a wide variety of subjects and the personal ness is the driving force Yeah that’s the word— reflections In Hustvedt’s characteristically uiet and charged still yet voluptuous voice that I’ve known and long loved It’s like sitting down for a cup of coffee and listen to one of your idols ramble and rave and rant and brood and celebrate And argue And reason against the mundane complexities of the universe There may be to say but I fear I have exhausted myself This exhaustion I hasten to add is not an effect of Hustvedt I think now that hell perhaps I could have fared better if I wrote down my thoughts on each essay as I went on? In a nutshell This book has all that yet again and remains faithful to what I’ve known the author to be? And that against her previous book of essays this one manages to exhibit Hustvedt’s broad range of Awesomeness far better? And yes there’s wonder in this too The awe that someone can be so intelligent so well versed in a variety of subjects and familiar with so much ephemera so masterful with her language—and yet bafflingly graciously thankfully so generous with her insight and her life Sigh Consider me awestruck Yet again Cross posted from the blog

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The internationally acclaimed novelist Siri Hustvedt has also produced a growing body of nonfiction She has published a book of essays on painting Mysteries of the Rectangle as well as an interdisciplinary investigation of a neurological disorder The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves She has given lectures on artists and theories of art at the Prado the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich Siri Hustvedt is one of the most interesting writers of the moment I read almost all her novels and was always pretty impressed She is a very erudite intellectualist writer but not at all 'blasé' on the contrary her message is usually how few certainties we have in life and how little we know about what really matters even armed with the latest scientific insights Her focus initially was on aesthetics and on the complex relationships between people but over the years she has explicitly incorporated recent insights into neuropsychology and biology in her novels always correcting the reductionist view on man This is also reflected in this essay collection In general Hustvedt manages to keep both academic and very personal aspects in balance and to deliver very readable pieces constantly jumping back and forth between various disciplines But I have to say that the fairly distant tone started to work a bit estranging in the long run Many of her essays were already covered in her earlier prose work in one way or another and there in an ongoing story they much came to life Conclusion for those who did not yet know the work of Hustvedt this might be a useful albeit somewhat dry introduction for the Hustvedt fans this work does not add much rating 25 stars

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Living Thinking LookingLooking are about visual art And yet the same uestions recur throughout the collection How do we see remember and feel? How do we interact with other people? What does it mean to sleep dream and speak? What is the self? Hustvedt's uniue synthesis of knowledge from many fields reinvigorates the much needed dialogue between the humanities and the sciences as it deepens our understanding of an age old riddle What does it mean to be human My favorite essays in this collection were My Mother Phineas Morality and Feeling and Critical Notes on the Verbal Climate Other essays I liked or affected me in some way Outside the MirrorThe Real StoryFreud's PlaygroundThe portions called Living and Thinking affected and interested me the most I ended up skimming through the section called Looking bored by the unfamiliar artists and artworks referenced