Friday 10 March 2023

Book of the Week: Affinities by Brian Dillon. Why is it that some things seem particularly to resonate with us personally, causing such a feeling of attunement that they seem to be telling us something about ourselves? Why these things and not others? Brian Dillon, whose books are always deeply thoughtful and nicely written, considers different photographs, artworks, texts and objects with which he feels an affinity (something akin to longing but without the separation), looks closely into his own life for the reason for this connection, and speculates a web of affinities that circulates the aesthetic lifeblood of our world. (This book is also an excellent way of discovering new affinities of your own.) 

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