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Ongoingness: The End of a Diary von Sarah…
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Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (2016. Auflage)

von Sarah Manguso (Autor)

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"In her third book that continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay, Sarah Manguso confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years. "I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened," she explains. But this simple statement belies a terror that she might forget something, that she might miss something important. Maintaining that diary, now 800,000 words, had become, until recently, a kind of spiritual practice. Then Manguso became pregnant and had a child, and these two Copernican events generated an amnesia that put her into a different relationship with the need to document herself amid ongoing time. Ongoingness is a spare, meditative work that stands in stark contrast to the volubility of the diary--it is a haunting account of mortality and impermanence, of how we struggle to find clarity amid the chaos of time that rushes around and over and through us"--Publisher's website.… (mehr)
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Titel:Ongoingness: The End of a Diary
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Info:Graywolf Press (2016), Edition: Reprint, 104 pages
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Ongoingness: The End of a Diary by Sarah Manguso, is all about brevity, being less than 100 pages of what I found to be pure fascination. I almost finished it in one night, but when I felt my consciousness slipping, I saved it for the next day, as I didn’t want to miss anything. This is an interesting takeoff on the diary that she kept for twenty-five years. That monster had grown to over 800,000 words. In writing these reflections on the diary, she didn’t check it for anything. This book is about memories and impressions based on the original happenings, as well as her memories of recording things in her diary entries. Her passages/paragraphs rarely reach a half-page in this small-format book, and most are six lines or less.

I wholeheartedly agree with one reviewer who said, “Nearly every page of Ongoingness has a line that knocks the wind out of you a little.” Writer David Shields ended his blurb with this simple phrase, “I am in awe.” Individual entries are strong enough on their own, but it is truly impressive when there are pages and pages of them.

The following are a few lines quoted from the book.

“Marriage isn’t a fixed experience. It’s a continuous one. It changes form but is always there.”

“My life, which exists mostly in the memories of the people I’ve known, is deteriorating at the rate of physiological decay. A color, a sensation, the way someone said a single word—soon it will all be gone. In a hundred and fifty years no one alive will ever have known me.

“They were the moments when I was forced to admit that beginnings and ends are illusory. That history doesn’t begin or end, but it continues.”

Very often I would find myself reading a line or segment over and over in an attempt to see just how she constructed them, how she was able to make those few words do so much to my mind.

I am extremely taken with her writing, having been introduced and bowled over by her in the pages of the Paris Review. This book was a memoir (of a memoir) and she does short stories, essays, and poetry. I find myself quickly devouring many of her books. She is fascinating. ( )
  jphamilton | Aug 22, 2020 |
Mostly about the natural waning of solipsism (of an extreme variety, in her case), although I’m not sure if she knows this (page 76, z. B., [slightly, I’m sure, downplaying the actual vehemence of her “pssh, parents are insufferable” stance at the time]). Pg 57: jesus. The “goodness” of the immediately following page a nice summation of the books roller coaster between overwrought and insightful self-obsession. ( )
  Ebenmaessiger | Oct 5, 2019 |
Her writing is beautiful but there wasn't much to this - I wanted more; wanted the real diary entries instead of what she distilled from them. ( )
  bobbieharv | Jan 17, 2017 |
Read from November 14 to 25, 2015

This book was hidden among the many new biographies -- it was so slim next to the massive books about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and countless other politicians, musicians, and surfers....

I opened it up and was drawn in to Manguso's writing -- it's like the nonfiction version of Dept. of Speculation. I carried it with me and read snippets in doctor's offices, at lunch, or just randomly. Manguso writes quick, thought-provoking observations about her diary-keeping habit. A habit she has taken to the extreme -- she MUST write everyday and she then goes back and reads/edits what's written later. She is determined to remember everything. As I was reading, I felt the need to keep my own diary (but instead I take pictures obsessively so as to not forget anything). But she discovers after having her son that it's the forgotten moments that allow her to live in the present. ( )
  melissarochelle | Nov 30, 2015 |
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"In her third book that continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay, Sarah Manguso confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years. "I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened," she explains. But this simple statement belies a terror that she might forget something, that she might miss something important. Maintaining that diary, now 800,000 words, had become, until recently, a kind of spiritual practice. Then Manguso became pregnant and had a child, and these two Copernican events generated an amnesia that put her into a different relationship with the need to document herself amid ongoing time. Ongoingness is a spare, meditative work that stands in stark contrast to the volubility of the diary--it is a haunting account of mortality and impermanence, of how we struggle to find clarity amid the chaos of time that rushes around and over and through us"--Publisher's website.

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