Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through

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Coffee House Press
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4.9 X 7.7 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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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.

Winner of the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction
Finalist for the 2019 Big Other Book Award in Nonfiction

"Both provocatively and evocatively written, the book illuminates the process of becoming." --Kirkus Reviews

"A perceptive and compassionate narrative that beautifully breaks with the limits of genre and gender." --Publishers Weekly

"Fleischmann is not only staking out but literally inventing a territory of their own." --Los Angeles Times

"This is a book about paying attention and sometimes failing to, about showing the ways in which attention, no matter how well focused, can be or feel insufficient. Fleischmann is not wringing their hands but instead leaning into the world, constantly pressing at the corners of language . . . Watchful of its context and position, this book is able to pose increasingly interesting, urgent, and difficult questions. It holds us accountable to the world." --The Paris Review Daily

"Fleischmann excels at the integration of art and memoir . . . their theory of identity suffuses the book on every level, a framework that shows that the ability to exist in an uninscribed space is an exercise in resilience and progress." --The Nation

"In the tradition of the prose magicians W.G. Sebald or Ben Lerner (imagine if those two were somehow non-binary and joyfully slutty). . . . I'm of the belief that Fleischmann is, like many great writers, ahead of their time--I will go so far as to bet that in 10 years, another generation of writers will be pointing to Time as one of the most formative books of our era." --Torrey Peters

"Fleischmann's path through self-expression, gender fluidity, and self-understanding is well worth our attention." --Literary Hub

"A meditation on relationships, place, proximity and distance, belonging, community, gender, politics, the body and, well, love, and all the things that can mean, braided with digressive, descriptive passages about the work of Cuban-born American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres." --Frieze

"The story of the author's own exploration of queerness and identity, this is an all-too-important book at a time when LGBTQIA+ rights are at risk of regression." --Bustle

"Meditative, beautiful, and revolutionary." --Book Riot

"With this book-length essay, T Fleischmann has given us a truly unique work...poetic, powerful, and subversive." --Ms. Magazine

"Chicago-based writer T Fleischmann melds personal narrative and art criticism in a poetically titled, genre-defying work. Mining the interactive art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, this book-length essay explores power, desire, gender fluidity and subverting limitations." --Chicago Tribune

"Fleischmann combines serious engagement with warmth and clarity of prose, reveling in the experiences and pleasures of art and the body, identity and community." --The Rumpus

"It is this spirit of generosity that makes Fleischmann's book so luminous--a generosity towards the queer body and its existence, a generosity towards the work of activism, a recognition both of the work that needs to be done and the work that is being done." --Longreads

"The long, sprawling essay be