Book 6: Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’


This week, Football Book Club will be reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, discussing Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, still not watching the NFL, and certainly not talking — or even thinking — about the Bears’ two-game win streak.

The Argonauts — which has been dubbed a genre-bending memoir, a work of authotheory, and autobiographical criticism  —  was hailed by The New Yorker as “a moving exploration of family and love, but it’s also a meditation on the seductions, contradictions, limitations, and beauties of being normal, as a person and as an artist.”

Rob nominated this title for Football Book Club because: “The Argonauts is a book I feared might sit forever in one of my “To Read” piles, and I am thrilled FBC is giving me a deadline by which I must finish it AND write about it. Plus, I wonder how the book will read in relation to the NFL and football in general, and the ways the league/sport reinforce gender norms.”

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