Free Download For A Limited Time On Kobo And The Author S Blog Beautiful In My Worn Clothes The Transgressions Of Love Is A Book About The History, Ethics, Aesthetics And Politics Of Love As Radicalism Rod Dubey Describes Love As A River That Freely Flows Without Regard To Prohibitions Based On Race, Gender, Class Or Religion Love Transgresses The Boundaries Set By Church, State And Family Which Seek To Control It And Is Thus, Inherently Subversive And The Basis Of An Alternative Ethics Historic Periods Marked By The Valuation Of Love Have Had A Profound Influence In Shaping Who We Are Today We Increasingly Define Freedom As The Ability To Love Whoever We Choose This Is Seen In The Struggles For Peace, LGBT Rights, Civil Rights, Gender Equality And Social Justice Transgressive Love Has Also Been Significant In The Development Of Avant Gardes And In Challenging Censorship Beautiful In My Worn Clothes The Transgressions Of Love Draws From A Variety Of Sources, Including Philosophy, Literature, Art, Political And Cultural Theory, And Popular Culture Diverse Voices On Love Who Are Discussed Include Shelley, Ghandi, Bell Hooks, Harriet Jacobs, Jane Austen, Forugh Farrokhzad, Ivan Illich And Raoul Vaneigem Beautiful In My Worn Clothes Is A Fitting Response To A World Of Increasing Simulation And To The Politics Of Hate So Prevalent In The West, Which Is Characterized By Racism, Homophobia, An Advocacy Of War And The Refusal Of Ethical Responsibility Toward Others Rod Dubey Is The Author Of Indecent Acts In A Public Place Sports, Insolence And Sedition Charivari Press , A Seminal Work Of Cultural Criticism What is love Rod Dubey has written a unapologetically political book about love Dubey s story of love does indeed transgress into historical, political, philosophical dialogues on religion, conservatism, David Hume, the surrealists, and current Canadian politicians for starters The intellectual terrain is remarkable for a small book But a suspicious transgression begins with the author s acknowledgements my editor at Charivari Press provided extensive notes on my original drafts I have freely used his ideas, suggestions and sometimes his words Rather than seeing this act of borrowing as a kind of abuse, I believe, this acknowledgement is a statement of affection, if not an act of love itself an action that refers to some of the concepts within this book There is a kind of beauty in The Transgressions of Love as the writing winds its way through poetic quotations intermingling time, era, and text as though part of one long tome The first part of the books title beautiful in my worn clothes perhaps refers to the many metaphors for love that are intertwined with stories of personal will and aesthetic freedom For Dubey the history of love is also the history of power and control, of community and activism, of both autonomy and symmetry Within this history is also a critique of love how love and consumerism have undermined relationships and how religion has tried to dehumanize the emotion This highly interesting book is both an intellectual and emotional exploration of love It is a beautiful expression of poetry and pictures that documents a political history of love, an emotion that is forever powerful and mysterious Allison Cameron, independent reviewer Won on GoodReads First Reads Beautiful in my worn clothes presents an interesting journey of the transgressions of love through history, literature, politics and economy, which I would have enjoyed if its pace would have been slower I had a hard time following the time line because several views, authors and figures were thrown in together without much of an explanation Maybe it was because most of the references were new to me and the book was intended for someone knowledgeable, but I felt that, this way, I couldn t completely grasp the message the author was trying to convey This doesn t mean I didn t get anything from it Actually, it taught me new ways to look at love Love as a political force, as a creativity tool, as a social movement and many others I especially enjoyed the analysis on Austen and marriage as a mere contract, sometimes viewed as something that kills love, and found very interesting the consumerism view on love, which left me wondering, why, if love is sold as a scarce product, does consumerism contribute to a perception of a partner being disposable Even though it is said that people are sold as objects, a mere list of attributes that can be easily replaced, we still believe in the one Is consumerism the path chosen to search for our other half A test towards the scarcity of this product called love Beautiful in my worn clothes definitely makes you think, which is one of the reasons I liked it The other reason is that it calls attention to the power of love as a transgressive force, a shout out to the freedom it gives us. Do you want me to tell you something really subversive Love is everything it s cracked up to be That s why people are so cynical about it It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for And the trouble is, if you don t risk anything, you risk even Erica JongI won this book through a goodreads giveaway.All while reading this I had the previous quote one of my favorites running through my head The idea of love as being subversive is not a new one by any means but Dubey looks at all of the evidence and his thesis is well founded Love is indeed a political act, even if not so direct as what Frederick Douglass advocated Clear and beautifully written.
Raoul Vaneigem wrote that Nobody lies groaning under the yoke of inauthenticity twenty four hours a day there are very few alienations which are not shattered every day for an instant, for an hour, for the space of a dream, by subjective refusal Words are never completely in the thrall of Power, and no one is ever completely unaware of what is destroying him Revolution of Everyday Life, Rebel
- 89 pages
- Beautiful In My Worn Clothes: The Transgressions of Love
- Rod Dubey
- 04 October 2017 Rod Dubey