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By Sarah Manguso

“[Manguso] has written the memoir we didn’t observe we needed.” ―The New Yorker

In Ongoingness, Sarah Manguso keeps to outline the contours of the modern essay. In it, she confronts a meticulous diary that she has saved for twenty-five years. “I desired to finish every day with a checklist of every thing that had ever happened,” she explains. yet this uncomplicated assertion belies an apprehension that she could put out of your mind whatever, that she could leave out anything vital. conserving that diary, now 8 hundred thousand phrases, had turn into, till lately, a type of religious practice.

Then Manguso grew to become pregnant and had a toddler, and those Copernican occasions generated an amnesia that positioned her right into a various courting with the necessity to rfile herself amid ongoing time.

Ongoingness is a spare, meditative paintings that stands in stark distinction to the volubility of the diary―it is a haunting account of mortality and impermanence, of the way we fight to discover readability within the chaos of time that rushes round and over and during us.

“Bold, based, and sincere . . . Ongoingness reads variously as an addict’s testimony, a confession, a party, an elegy.” ―The Paris Review

“Manguso captures the vital problem of reminiscence, of attentiveness to existence . . . A spectacularly and unsummarizably profitable read.” ―Maria Popova, mind Pickings

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A yr postpartum, my reminiscence used to be nonetheless bothered. I loved writing simply because inside days, I forgot what I’d written, and rereading it was once like analyzing a letter from another individual. in school my scholars repeated what they claimed I’d acknowledged in the course of the past category, and, now not remembering the phrases as my very own, i discovered myself approving of them vaguely. ♦ My lifestyles felt complete ahead of I grew to become a mom, yet I’ve came upon that attempting to say that I favor having the child not to having him sounds competitive. in reality I’d felt affronted, earlier than i used to be a guardian, whilst mom and dad advised me, even within the gentlest phrases, that they hottest having their kids not to having them. possibly the difficulty is that the form of lifestyles is elastic, that it could actually believe and be complete at variable degrees of fullness. or even we’re terrible judges of our personal lives’ fullness. or even the innovations of vacancy and fullness are negative metaphors for happiness, if actually happiness is what we’re conversing approximately. ♦ allow me positioned it in a different way: whilst i'm with my son i think the bracing pace of the one-way trip that publications human adventure. ♦ the difficulty was once that I did not checklist rather a lot, I wrote, yet how may i've got believed that if i attempted tough sufficient, i'll be mindful every thing? ♦ I wrote approximately an affliction as soon as i used to be seven years right into a remission that lasted 4 extra. I didn’t are aware of it but, however the disease, which nonetheless isn’t over, wasn’t the genuine challenge. puzzling over it was once the matter, and that i don’t give it some thought anymore. now not within the obsessive, all-consuming approach I used to. I used to harbor a continuing fear that I’d fail to remember what had occurred, that I’d fail to see what used to be taking place. I frightened that whatever bad could ensue simply because I’d forgotten what had already occurred. probably all anxiousness could derive from a fixation on moments—an lack of ability to just accept lifestyles as ongoing. ♦ as soon as I’d spent years hobbled by way of an impaired reminiscence, I anxious much less approximately every thing i used to be forgetting. I forgot to shop for milk this week. I forgot to dossier taxes final 12 months. And on i am going. ♦ the easiest factor approximately time passing is the privilege of working out of it, of staring at the wave of mortality holiday over me and everybody i do know. not more time, not more strength. The privilege of ruling issues out. completing. understanding I’m accomplished. And realizing time will pass on with out me. examine me, dancing my little dance for a couple of moments opposed to the heritage of eternity. ♦ Why, then, may still I proceed writing the diary? In it I digest the time that passes, dossier it away so I not have to give it some thought, and if I spent all my time pondering the earlier I’d cease getting into the long run, I start to write, yet no—I’d maintain relocating. How ridiculous to think myself strong sufficient to forestall time simply by considering. There’s no cause to proceed writing except that i began writing at a few point—and that, at another aspect, I’ll cease. ♦ frequently i feel I’m operating towards a consequence, yet continuously, as soon as I succeed in the end result, I discover all of the excitement used to be in making plans and executing the trail to that end result.

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