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On Not Knowing


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How to Catch a Minnow How to Swim How to Hold It Together How to Give Birth How to Milk How to Step over a Snake How to Herd How to Riff How to Turn the Corner How to Have a One-Night Stand How to Listen How to Have a Breakthrough How to Love How to Elude Your Captors How to Hope How to Come Back to Life How to Stay Acknowledgments Notes

About the Author

Emily Ogden is associate professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism, also published by the University of Chicago Press. You can find her on Twitter at @ENOgden. She lives in Charlottesville, VA.


"Ranging among subjects as various as parenthood and desire, psychoanalysis and poetry, the essays in On Not Knowing move by surprise, often veering in directions they hadn't let you see they were going. The only certainty in reading them is that every arrival is worth it. Ogden has a knack for developing single words and small inklings into full-blown ideas and philosophies. Her anecdotes are as unexpected, her sentences as exquisite, and her conclusions as moving as Emerson's. Surely this book secures Ogden's place as one of our finest writers: thinking with her is exhilarating." * Erica McAlpine, author of 'The Poet's Mistake' *

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