The VICE Reader: Author Maggie Nelson Is in Drag as a Mother and as a Married Person

Maggie Nelson. Photo by Harry Dodge. Courtesy of Graywolf Press

I was first pulled into Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts by its opening page, which begins with Santa Ana winds and ass-fucking on a cement floor, then swerves toward Ludwig Wittgenstein's idea of the inexpressible. During the span of the book—2007 through 2013—Nelson falls in love, marries, and has a baby with artist Harry Dodge. But the book also raises and ponders so many vital, beguiling questions that trying to...

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