Good morning. It's Monday, July 27, and it's supposed to be blazing hot today—hottest day of the year so far.
There's a blurb on it from Maggie Nelson (!!) that says: "In a happy paradox common to great literature, it’s a book about not belonging that made me feel deeply less alone... I stand deeply inspired and instructed by its great wit, candor, inventiveness, and majesty."
Mattilda reads a little from The Freezer Door in her message today, but first she cracks: "I wrote a book about alienation, and then everything got worse."
Maggie Nelson's quote above was condensed—it's so amazing, let's just see the full thing:
I really love Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s The Freezer Door. In a happy paradox common to great literature, it’s a book about not belonging that made me feel deeply less alone. I so admire its appetite to get down and dirty, to wield non sequitur with grace and power, to ponder the past while sticking with the present, to quest unceasingly. I stand deeply inspired and instructed by its great wit, candor, inventiveness, and majesty.
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Thank you, Mattilda, for your reading, and for this message, and for demonstrating how to wear a necktie in this heat.
We're off to find a freezer door to hide behind.
Good luck today, everyone.
Previously in this series: