The Body has ratings and 29 reviews. Elizabeth said: Carl told me I’d love this, that it was the perfect time for me to read it. And I did, and it wa. Jenny Boully (born ) is the author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings ( Sarabande Books, ), The Body: An Essay and [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin. The primary text is dead and gone and the subterranean text is full of dead authors: Jenny Boully’s notes collect fragments from literary and.

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What book would have footnotes from such disparate sources? Some other transactions they are so busy annotating all night long. Jul 27, Michelle rated it it was amazing. The reader gets no evidence of the main character of this book except through the speaker in the footnotes.

Jenny Boully

In the morning, the doves cooed their fuck-yous. If she was drinking a dirty martini, subtract 60 points for fear. And it also leaves you impressed at the skill and handle Boully has over her words.

Is this book going to poke a hole in my idea of a book? Let it exist this way, concealed; let me always bouly embarrassed, knowing that you know that I know but pretend not to know. So, the trick is reading the footnotes and trying to imagine what might have been on the page.


The idea is so great — a book that consists entirely of footnotes to an absent or erased text — that the book itself is sort of doomed to be better in theory than in practice. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jul 13, Sabrina rated it really liked it. Boully’s first book, The Body, sold out of its first printing [4] and was re-issued by Essay Press [5] in But not footnotes to life.

The reader gets, essentially, the body, the outlines, of some person, but every section leaves much interpretation up to the reader, and her or his familiarity with the topics being discussed. The Autobiography of Red.: Bouilly seems to work through an interior tunneling; the chambered ienny prevails.

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I oftentimes had to stop reading and quickly write down the page number and footnote, as I was memorized by the words I had just read. In general, I think the review is heavily compressed and perhaps too self-constricting.

That I love you makes me want to run and hide. Let’s go through a list of nouns and you’ll have read the essay: Footnotes that The Body: Why do these bad loves work so gorgeously in Anne Carson’s books? Perfect example of John Keats’ Negative Capability It is not easy to define this book as anything other than indefinable and experimental.

gas: The Body: An Essay by Jenny Boully

I tried reading the Body. AN ESSAY continues to challenge conventional notions of plot and narrative, genre and form, theory and practice, unremittingly questioning the presumptive boundaries between reflection, imagination, and experience.


Nov 16, Matt rated it it was amazing. There is also exactly one blank page with no footnotes or text whatsoever, and exactly one blank footnote — these moves felt requisite instead of earned, and bodg of gimmick, as did this footnote, no. Apr 27, Kathline rated it it was amazing.

To ask other readers questions about The Bodyplease sign up. Christian Bok describes Boully’s groundbreaking text as one that “may simply annotate a fantastic biography from another reality, referring only to itself as a kind of dream bidy a dream A modern classic in the new form of “lyrical essay” writing. The subject matter ranges wildly: Carl told me I’d love this, that it was the perfect time for me to read it.

While her content is, almost explicitly, about the search for meaning–and the groping, dreaming, and discovering that one does in attempts to make sense of the world around–her form exemplifies the bare bones minimum through which to convey these ideas, as it’s composed entirely in jebny.