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The Night Library: The Argonauts


For the July meeting of the Cauldron’s feminist bookclub: The Night Library, we will be reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts.

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge.

Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book. Dazzling language, queer theory and domestic bliss meet in a triumphant love story.

Sign-ups will go live after our May meeting

Our bookclub meets bi-monthly IRL. We will have a digital discussion component as well!

FYI: Upcoming book selections + discussion dates will be announced here (and all over our social media duh).

What is The Night Library?

Books are our favorite tool for making sense of this wild world. The Night Library is The Cauldron’s feminist, radically open, community-minded book club hosted by bats Betsy Willett and Meghan Nesmith. We’ll embrace texts from philosophy to pop culture, with an emphasis on diverse voices and authors, and leave no mind un-magicked.

Betsy Willett is a writer, researcher, editor, art lover, and book nerd and can be found parenting her puppy in Cambridge.

Meghan Nesmith is a writer, editor, and obsessive living in JP who can be found reading in the bath, in the rain, and on trains.