The multi-award-winning meditation on survival, care and the place of literature in an unequal world
‘Around that time my daughter and I had this exchange:
Anne, imagine if the world had nothing in it.
Do you mean nothing at all – just darkness – or a world without objects?
I mean a world without things: no houses, chairs, or cars. A world with only people and trees and dirt.
What do you think would happen?
People would make things. We would make things with trees and dirt.‘
When the cold comes, when our needs announce themselves, it is with clothing, with possessions, in literature, through dreams – in all the forms and categories that shape, contain and constrain – that we keep ourselves alive. Yet, in a society in which some are rich and some are poor, who gets to dream, and who invents our forms? This is a book made of money and the lack of money; of writing and of not-writing; of illness and of care; of low-rent apartments, cake-baking mothers, Socratic daughters and bodies that refuse to become information.