Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Paperback)
Part essay in verse, part art criticism, and part autobiographical prose, Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through anchors itself in two distinct themes: the artworks of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and the author's personal exploration of community, gender, and physicality. Fleischmann's voice strikes a chord I can't quite pin words to; it creates a space where limits fade and all things exist simultaneously, where joy can be "deadly serious." Their frankness might be shocking, if it weren't so tender. It's a set jaw and a gaping heart, both of the same body, both at the same time. -Shawn— From Summer Booknotes 2019
How do the bodies we inhabit affect our relationship with art? How does art affect our relationship to our bodies? T Fleischmann uses Felix Gonz les-Torres's artworks--piles of candy, stacks of paper, puzzles--as a path through questions of love and loss, violence and rejuvenation, gender and sexuality. From the back porches of Buffalo, to the galleries of New York and L.A., to farmhouses of rural Tennessee, the artworks act as still points, sites for reflection situated in lived experience. Fleischmann combines serious engagement with warmth and clarity of prose, reveling in the experiences and pleasures of art and the body, identity and community.
About the Author
T Fleischmann is the author of Syzygy, Beauty (Sarabande) and the curator of Body Forms: Queerness and the Essay (Essay Press). A nonfiction editor at DIAGRAM and contributing editor at the blog Essay Daily, they have published critical and creative work in journals such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, and others, as well in the anthologies Bending Genre, How We Speak to One Another, Little Boxes, and Feminisms in Motion.