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In AFTERGLOW (A DOG MEMOIR), Eileen Myles writes, "We can connect to Dog. Hound of the Ocean as the ancients once said." Of course, "Dog," as Eileen Myles refers to her is not only Rosie, Myles's beloved pit bull companion. "Dog" is also "God"; "Dog" is the truest form of the self. "Dog" defies convention and societal constructs and is, thus, the self at its freest, at its most queer. Enter: "Foam," which is the queerest known substance. Enter: Myles, who ventures deeper into the self, into her own history, than she ever has before. Enter: Myles contemplating foam and how to write foam. Enter: Myles as she queers the form of the memoir. Enter: Myles as she liberates "God" from its patriarchal historical context. Enter: Myles in "Dog" form. Enter: "Dog" in Myles form. Enter: something inspired and truly divine. Enter: Myles's most impressive book yet. It's a wild thing. Wilder perhaps than any of Myles's previous works of fiction. It is bold and loud and brave, and it's as much of a privilege as it is a pleasure to read.
Prolific and widely renowned, Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work "set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match" (New York Review of Books). This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie. In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly became central to the writer's life and work. During the course of their sixteen years together, Myles was madly devoted to the dog's wellbeing, especially in her final days. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie's death, Afterglow (a dog memoir) launches a heartfelt and fabulist investigation into the true nature of the bond between pet and pet-owner. Through this lens, we witness Myles's experiences with intimacy and spirituality, celebrity and politics, alcoholism and recovery, fathers and family history, as well as the fantastical myths we spin to get to the heart of grief. Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles's childhood puppet to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull, from lyrical transcriptions of their walks to Rosie's enlightened narration from the afterlife, Afterglow (a dog memoir) illuminates all that it can mean when we dedicate our existence to a dog.
About the Author
Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books, including Afterglow (a dog memoir), Inferno (a poet's novel), Chelsea Girls, and Cool For You. Myles's many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, as well as grants from Creative Capital (nonfiction) and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (poetry), and the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant.
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