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Meeting #2: The Argonauts

‘You pass as a guy; I, as pregnant. Our waiter cheerfully tells us about his family, expresses delight in ours. On the surface, it may have seemed as though your body was becoming more and more “male”, mine, more and more “female”. But that’s not how it felt on the inside. On the inside, we were two human animals undergoing transformations beside each other, bearing each other loose witness. In other words, we were aging.’

For our second meeting of the Longform Society we’ll be looking at Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, an exhilarating, genre-defying work of feminism, queer theory and memoir. Strikingly original and immediately beloved, Nelson’s unique writing effortlessly moves between compelling literary criticism and memoir. Using selected extracts we’ll discuss her philosophical questions of queer family-making, art, literary history, sexual politics and more.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


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Who?

Portrait of Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher and editor and the author of four books, including the acclaimed Melbourne. 

How much?

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The Longform Society

Love longform? Join the club.

The Longform Society is a reading club for lovers of the essay form. It's new, it's nerdy, it's nourishment for your brain.

Before each meeting of the society, we’ll email members a collection of outstanding essays grouped around a thought-provoking issue. Our host, Sophie Cunningham, and a panel of three writers will rigorously examine the arguments put forward by each pieceand the philosophical, social, economic or political implications.

We’ll be live-streaming all meetings of Longform Society on this page – so you can indulge in longform, long distance. Are you in for the long haul?

Sign up for the Longform Society here. #longformsociety

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