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Blanket (Object Lessons) Paperback – 11 Aug 2016
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Liquid brilliance blankets this book, making its forays endlessly moving-and often surprising. Simply exquisite in all its folds. - --Kathryn Bond Stockton, Distinguished Professor of English, University of Utah, USA, and author of The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century (2009)
About the Author
Kara Thompson is Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at the College of William and Mary, USA. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Avidly, and The Atlantic.
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Thompson's prose is eminently readable, yet packed with nuance and haunting beauty. Her readings and narrations are piercing, raw, powerful, painful, and also (strangely) uplifting. Now on my second read, I am learning more and more from this book, and I know you will too.
Thompson uses the blanket as a metaphor for left-wing screeds on Native -American discrimination, conceptual art, gay rights , hazing and gun control.
As usual in this series, the most effective section involve personal anecdotes. In Blanket, Thompson relates how her older brother died of cancer while she was a teenager. The story of how he was buried with his blanket is, by far, the most touching moment in an otherwise tiresome book.
Blanket is extremely philosophical, especially about a blanket's shape, protection and comfort, throughout film and art, but also centered around Native Americans and rocks.