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The Book of Beginnings and Endings
     

The Book of Beginnings and Endings

by Jenny Boully
 

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ISBN-10: 1932511555

ISBN-13: 9781932511550

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: Sarabande Books

“Jenny is the future of nonfiction in America. What an absurdly arrogant statement to make. I make it anyway. Watch.”—John D’Agata

“Yes, Aristotle, there can be pleasure without ‘complete and unified action with a beginning, middle, and end.’ Jenny Boully has done it.”—Mary Jo Bang

A book with only

Overview

“Jenny is the future of nonfiction in America. What an absurdly arrogant statement to make. I make it anyway. Watch.”—John D’Agata

“Yes, Aristotle, there can be pleasure without ‘complete and unified action with a beginning, middle, and end.’ Jenny Boully has done it.”—Mary Jo Bang

A book with only beginnings and endings, all invented. Jenny Boully opens and closes more than fifty topics ranging from physics and astronomy to literary theory and love. A brilliant statement on interruption, impermanence, and imperfection.

Jenny Boully is the author of The Body: An Essayand [one love affair]*. Born in Thailand, she currently divides her time between Texas and Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932511550
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Prologue
...Coda: An infinite singularity, a space for heaving
When I first met P.S., he was rehearsing a play
...of some malingering entity
My body wasn't taken with me
...of the symbols of fecundity or hope
In the beginning, there were many signs
...more permanent fruits, the portraits of the dead
A Heuristic Account of What Is at Stake
...a daring carrier pigeon forever circling overhead
There ought not to be erasers or cleaning solvents
...that they would all forever stay alive
Introduction
...bright pollen, beauteous butterflies
On the Varieties of Winged Creatures
...on a little, wooden toy horse to play
On Probability
...the last account of his having relations with another real human being
On the Use of Dialogue in Literature
...into the sympoietic system of that vast otherness
They would wait weeks for the sun to rise
...she would refuse to let in the maintenance men
It was the particular feel of him that made me want to go back
...somehow still the need to proceed
What the reader desires, perhaps even more than the author
...I had in some way seen it
The Realization of the Infinite
...never needing to feed off the dead
Before dying, the old woman said that she had been dreaming
...the smell of just-cooked rice
Every Winged Thing Passes Unmolested Through Infinity
...stitched and torn, cut and spliced
An Introduction to Invertebrate Zoology
...of which her tiny organism, so insubstantial, will never know
Notebook for the Amateur Naturalist
...should it be found and turned in
On the Care & Repair of Books
...living theirsame previous private unread anthologized shelf-ridden lives
Payne's Grey
...evidence of a suspicious nature
Essay on Trees
...the signpost that spells out what never was
I want to say that it happened sometime
...is not clearly understood
Among the many various differences, I truly believed
...being transcribed and prepared for publication by Karena
February Fooled the Forsythia
...the heaving of breaking apart
Strange Mechanism for a Dream
...all in a confusion of lateday ringings
On the Reading of
...Epilogue:...I too will slice open the belly of a great heaving
Notes and Further Acknowledgments
The Author

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