Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Every time I browse through the selves or I pick up an autobiography or a memoir, I wonder … why? Why this man /woman has the need to write the story of his / her life. What’s his /her motive?

Writing the story of one’s life it is challenging; writing about your life must be one of the hardest things that one has to do. Autobiographies is one of most beloved forms of writing. A good autobiography can be fun and fascinating.  A good autobiography must also be brutally honest.

An autobiography can take several forms, historical, philosophical, or poetic. Maggie Nelson’s Bluets is an experimental memoir, a blend of autobiographical writing, literary realism, analysis, and philosophical quotations and comments.

At a job interview at a university, three man sitting across from me at a table. On my cv it says that I am currently working on a book about the colour blue ….. One of the mean asks? “Why blue?” People ask me this question often. I never know how to respond. We don’t get to choose what or whom we love. We just don’t get to choose.

Bluets is a personal exploration, a captivating, candid, funny at times, book about the blue colour, about what blue means to Nelson, where blue is identified with love, loss, depression, sex, loneliness, shame, pain.

It is easier, of course, to find dignity in one’s solitude. Loneliness is a solitude with a problem. Cn blue solve the problem, or can at least keep me company within it? – No, not exactly. It can not love me that way; it has no arms. But sometimes I do feel its presence to be a sort of wink- Here you are again, it says, and so am I.

Bluets is written in fragments, the way Wittgenstein did, in order to think sequentially. Some of the fragments may seem district but together they create a unified, intense and beautiful narrative