The Wintering Sessions: Ross Gay on delight
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This week, I talk to Ross Gay about finding delight in dark times.
Ross’s practice of writing down a daily delight - a small surprise or pleasure that might otherwise go unnoticed - is the foundation of The Book of Delights, his bestselling essay collection. Here, he talks about the way that delight can sit alongside our fear, anger, frustration and grief, not to block them out, but to find a way to survive them. Along the way, we touch on fleeting moments of human connection, the joy of tending a garden, and childlike art of noticing.
In a first for The Wintering Session, Ross closes with a beautiful reading that meditates on the softness of living in a male body.
We talk about:
Fleeting moments of human connection
The joy of tending a garden
The childlike act of noticing
Links from this episode:
Ross’ book: The Book of Delights
Simone White’s essay Of Being Dispersed
Toi Derricotte, The Undertaker’s Daughter
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