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Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka

review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review review Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka Somewhere in DellaOCOs consumptive industrial wasteland of a city a bomb goes off It is not the first and will not be the last Reactions to the attacks are polarized Police activity intensifies DellaOCOs revolutionary parents welcome the upheaval but are trapped within their own insular beliefs Her activist restaurant co workers who would rather change their identities than the world around them resume a shallow r. I went to work and a guy I wait on said he was leaving He said everyone he knew was pulling out Canada is just not far enough Mostly Mexico A bunch to Thailand Some to Bali He always orders a Tofu Scramble and makes me write a fucking essay to the cook No soy sauce in the oil mix no garlic extra tomato no green pepper Add feta Potatoes crispy and when are we going to get spelt He holds me personally responsible for his continued patronage I hope he dies I d like to read about itMy brother Credence says people who leave are deluding themselves about what s out there I just think they re cowards Mr Tofu Scramble says I should go anyway that it s too late I want to but I can t Maybe when the bombs stop or at least let up Nobody thinks it ll stay like this I call it a war but Credence says it isn t one Not yet I say they just haven t picked a day to market it Soft opens being all the rage My last few weeks down at grad school it was so bad I thought everything was going to shake itself apart I tried to focus on my dissertation follow the diaspora of clamshells but every night it got worse It s not any better here here there now tomorrow next Wednesday geologically speaking it s all the same millisecond The gentle rustle of armies crawling the planet like ants Anybody with any sense knows what s comingWith these opening sentences Vanessa Veselka drew me into the world she created in her debut novel Zazen through the eyes of its narratorprotagonist Della Mylinek Della s voice is original and compelling A recent recipient of a PhD in geology the daughter of New Left radicals who judge their children s actions according to political optics Della is working in a vegan restaurant as she struggles to put past traumas behind her In this world the United States is enmeshed in numerous wars and conflicts citizens live in fear of bombings and people are torn between leaving the US before it s too late or remaining at the mercy of the unnamed enemies who fill their lives with terror and chaosAlthough Zazen depicts bombings riots and murders the novel also represents a world in which slogans labels and messages are ominpresent and take the place of any concerted action for real change Della has a keen eye and ear for people who substitute a pre packaged identity for any deep sense of who they are The novel is filled with her wry observations of friends family acuaintances and passers by who seem to devote time to what their clothing and food choices signify than to any real impact they might have on the world I signed up for yoga classes the week I found the rat I got a six month membership Credence said the consistency would be good The woman behind the counter was wearing a tank top that had Namaste written across the front of it like the Coca Cola logo Her hair was red and wrapped in an orange scarf Her nails were pink glitter and she had a pendant of Guadalupe hanging from her neck Can I help you she askedYes I want to look like you I want to be so thoroughly anchored into some sort of pop culture aesthetic that nothing can knock me over or wash me away or make me hate everyone I want to sleep again I d like to take some yoga classes I saidIn these passages Zazen reads almost as a political social and cultural satire However Veselka does not limit herself to satirical prose There are moments of pure poetry and others of deep insight that anchor the novel and give it power I would tell them tomorrow I would say I am a pool of light then flicker like sun on a swimming pool I would say It has already erupted And then dancing through the braided shadows on the basin wait for the foliage to land in the pool water and make galleons and cutters out of oak leaves and elm Then they would have to understandThe next day a second bomb went off at an auto shop down the street from Rise Up Singing Everyone was running But you can t outrun it I know I ve tried You just come to the same place again and again The return is so fast now for me that from the outside it looks like stillness Like nothing is happening at all But beyond that stillness is an unmappable topography an endless stream of contentAnd in the heart of the novel at all times is Della Throughout Zazen Della struggles to determine where she belongs who she is and whether her actions can make any difference in the chaos and fear that surround her As a geologist she is trained in mapping the terrain and delving deep into the earth s layers so she turns this skill to her attempts to understand the terrain of the city she lives in sometimes mapping small areas such as the yoga studio where she takes classes sometimes mapping larger areas Out of a desire to understand I began collecting maps and putting them on the walls Gift shop maps with sea monsters on them and beveled unfamiliar coastlines cold war maps with the Soviet Menace spreading like leprosy Pink East Germany Red China Maps of Pangaea and Gondwanaland from back before the seams pulled apart when we were still all one big continent Deep Time where countries turn to silt silt turns to stone and we can now tell time by comparing the rates of nations collapsing Biostratigraphy Patriastratigraphy Following the law of superposition one thing always follows another map of the Trail of Tears bike map subway map and one I drew when I was twelve and wrote Della s world in scented marker at the top Historical geological topographical ideological and imaginary Sitting in Credence s attic I tried to figure out if culture was just geology Maybe Rwanda was caused by mountain building And the Russo Japanese War by glacial till Maybe you need pirated rivers in the headlands before you can have a Paris CommuneIn times of stress Della focuses on slow geologic changes and repeats almost as a mantra Nothing personal She turns to fortune cookies to honor the memories of people who died through self immolation as a form of protest As she tacks these fortunes to the maps she has collected the juxtaposition of the original fortune and magic numbers with the person s name underlines the ultimate futility of their gesture Any messages they hoped to convey through their actions dissipate uickly I started putting them up on the walls too I bought a bag of fortune cookies and raided the fortunes On the back of each I wrote underneath their lucky numbers in red the name of the burnedJan PalachYour warmth encourages honesty at home71825374110Thich uang DucMagic will be created when an unconventional friend comes to visit81622314124Elizabeth ShinYour future is as boundless as the lofty heaven81128364515Norman MorrisonYou will be reunited with old friends61521384012Kathy ChangeYour nature is intense magnetic and passionate71229364427I taped the fortunes to pins like flags and stuck them in the maps Each city that inspires immolation gets a tiny white flag to flutter Tiny little surrender Tiny little surrenders Supposedly the heart of the Vietnamese monk from 63 never burned but shriveled to a tiny liver It is held hostage kept safe as a national treasure by the Reserve Bank of Vietnam Tiny liver hearts I pinned them to the walls Katydids flutter all aroundI hesitate to tell you much about Zazen because part of the joy of reading it comes from the feeling of surprise as Veselka s prose takes turn after turn away from the expected Her style and voice are original but she is not writing simply to shock The novel and Della crept up on me as I was reading and I saw and points of similarity between Della s concerns and mine Although Zazen clearly is set in a US in the future it s a US that bears striking similarities to the US in 2012 This is a world where capitalist slogans and symbols overtake any changes that radicals hoped to make along the way It s a world where shopping becomes a patriotic act for some echoing George W Bush s call for Americans to go shopping after 911 as a way to fight back against terrorism It s a world full of distractions of our own making which too often dehumanize us and separate us from each other And it s a world where we helplessly ask whether change is possible whether we can make a difference and fear to hear the answer I had a very personal reaction to Zazen and one which stemmed from only a very small part of the novel Among the names of protesters who self immolated Veselka includes Kathy Change an activist and performance artist who set herself on fire in front of a peace symbol statue on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 I was a graduate student writing my dissertation at Penn at the time I remember Kathy Change well She would dress in rainbow colored leotards and dance in front of the main library on campus waving hand made flags with peace symbols on them trying to forward a cause of peace that only she really understood People saw her only in terms of her struggles with mental illness they let that label drown out any other message she was trying to convey Some people would heckle her while others would walk by shaking our heads and averting our eyes Kathy Change didn t fit into any of the neat boxes we had for acceptable forms of political protest I am not certain that a different reaction from us would have changed her decision but I do know that any message she was trying to impart whether by dancing or setting herself on fire was lost in a sea of labels and symbols and distractions As I read Zazen I reflected on the profound failure that represents considered my part in it and wondered how to find a way forward a way to make a difference

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review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review review Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka Ebellion of hair dye sex parties and self absorption As those bombs keep inching closer thudding deep and real between the sounds of katydids fluttering in the still of the city night and the destruction begins to excite her What begins as terror threats called in to greasy bro bars across the block boils over into a desperate plot intoxicating and captivating Della and leaving her little chance for escape Zazen u. Nearly every review of this that I skimmed through is glowing but I didn t think it was that great For one thing it s populated almost solely by hippies and wannabe eco terrorists and Veselka crams it with so many hippie buzzwords that it makes one gag Yoga yerba mate namaste rallies leaflets community organizing veganism artisan craft movements indigenous medicine co ops biodynamic farming and other hippie affectations pervade throughout This is clearly no accident but it grates The characters aren t aware of the extent to which they unconsciously endorse the consumerism they so ardently claim to fight against Is Veselka I d like to think so but if so what s the purpose of such contempt for her charactersShe s obviously a good writer among the things that made me almost rate this three stars were little gems like the following On the water the city upon the hill wavered an inverted reflection and broke into scallops of stuttering light as the sun set Or this The sun was everywhere and the leaves were just turning gold and red and falling like open palms to the waving grass But on the other hand when Veselka gets topical you have stuff like this Mr Tofu Scramble So Della is this your first day By the way do you know if Franklin has ordered spelt yetEd Logic s Only Son So what s wrong with butter and cheese It s not like you have to slaughter a cow to get cheeseCall me pedantic but if Ed is logic s only son and if he is as knowledgeable as he s portrayed though unflatteringly so wouldn t he know that most cheese production involves rennet which is derived from calves livers Meaning that in fact you do have to slaughter a cow a baby one no less to get cheesePeople praise the fierce activist impulse of this novel but I don t see it All I see is a furious impotence encapsulated by the characters whining cursing and meaningless rebellions hair dye etc Eg this I picked it up and thought about buying it and throwing it through the glass door of the box mall church But that door wouldn t break no matter how hard I threw it I couldn t do it anyway I d be afraid I d hit someone or scare some kid so I put it back I m sick of how they always winBoo hoo Della is a PhD and she can t think of any better way to effect social change than to think about throwing rocks at windows and to not do so That s pathetic Am I supposed to sympathize or should I have the same contempt Veselka seems to Is the book just supposed to infuriate me Because that s what it did Pleins feux sur le tutu yerba mate namaste rallies leaflets community organizing veganism artisan craft movements indigenous medicine co ops biodynamic farming and other hippie affectations pervade throughout This is clearly no accident but it grates The characters aren t aware of the extent to which they unconsciously endorse the consumerism they so ardently claim to fight against Is Veselka I d like to think so but if so what s the purpose of such contempt for her charactersShe s obviously a good writer among the things that made me almost rate this three stars were little gems like the following On the water the city upon the hill wavered an inverted reflection and broke into scallops of stuttering light as the sun set Or this The sun was everywhere and the leaves were just turning gold and red and falling like open palms to the waving grass But on the other hand when Veselka gets topical Bogwoppit you have stuff like this Mr Tofu Scramble So Della is this Middle School The Worst Years of My Life your first day By the way do The Day Louis Got Eaten you know if Franklin has ordered spelt Measuring Time yetEd Logic s Only Son So what s wrong with butter and cheese It s not like Jerusalem you have to slaughter a cow to get cheeseCall me pedantic but if Ed is logic s only son and if he is as knowledgeable as he s portrayed though unflatteringly so wouldn t he know that most cheese production involves rennet which is derived from calves livers Meaning that in fact Bound to Submit you do have to slaughter a cow a baby one no less to get cheesePeople praise the fierce activist impulse of this novel but I don t see it All I see is a furious impotence encapsulated by the characters whining cursing and meaningless rebellions hair dye etc Eg this I picked it up and thought about buying it and throwing it through the glass door of the box mall church But that door wouldn t break no matter how hard I threw it I couldn t do it anyway I d be afraid I d hit someone or scare some kid so I put it back I m sick of how they always winBoo hoo Della is a PhD and she can t think of any better way to effect social change than to think about throwing rocks at windows and to not do so That s pathetic Am I supposed to sympathize or should I have the same contempt Veselka seems to Is the book just supposed to infuriate me Because that s what it did

Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review

review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review review Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka Nfolds as a search for clarity soured by irresolution and catastrophe yet made vital by the thin wild veins of imagination run through each escalating moment tensing and relaxing unfurling and ensnaring Vanessa Veselka renders Della and her world with beautiful freighting and phantasmagorically intelligent accuracy crafting from their shattered constitutions a perversely perfect mirror for our own selves and state. Brilliant writing flaring into bursts of flame and explosion of wildfire This is a first novel eye opening jaw dropping for the apparent talent and promise When she is soon able to corral the kindling of associations leading to other brilliant associations not to limit but to organize the lightning into a clearer sense of what she wants to say she will be at the top of current literary writers


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    review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review review Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka ”It’s about how much fear you hide in your cells blue cells red cells sickle cells sleeper cells jail cells people are shot through with it But I don’t hold my fear there Everybody needs a place where they’re fearless or they’d never survive at least I wouldn’t Sometimes I hate this world Especially when it’s beautif

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    review Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review I went to work and a guy I wait on said he was leaving He said everyone he knew was pulling out“Canada is just not far enough Mostly Mexico A bunch to Thailand Some to Bali”He always orders a Tofu Scramble and makes me write a fucking essay to the cook No soy sauce in the oil mix no garlic extra tomato no green pepper Add feta Potatoes crispy and when are we going to get spelt He holds me personally responsible for his continued patro

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    review Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka Sometimes you just need to be someone else someone who doesn’t care about anything at all I know I do I want emptiness but I can’t have it I read this book because of the amazing review Kris wrote and she truly has an impeccable taste in books The memory of her praise of this slim volume was what kept me from giving up through t

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    (Pdf Read) Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka The world is a violent child none of us will get to see grow upThe writing in this book is unlike anything else I can think of Veselka has her own style her own voice And it’s awesomeThis book is like a constant panic attack The te

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    (Pdf Read) Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka Nearly every review of this that I skimmed through is glowing but I didn't think it was that great For one thing it's populated almos

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    review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka (Pdf Read) Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review i'm going to do something i never thought i'd have cause to doready?i'm going to publicly declare unadulterated book love if i could marry this book i would but human biblio marriages are not yet on the public radar if i could have this book's baby i would if it were my life or this book's life i would throw mine down gladly five stars is not enough; if i could adorn this book with the night sky i'd do itit'

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    (Pdf Read) Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka Brilliant writing flaring into bursts of flame and explosion of wildfire This is a first novel eye opening jaw dropping for the apparent talent and promise When she is soon able to corral the kindling of associations leading to other brilliant associations not to limit but to organize the lightning into a clearer sense of what she wants to say she will be at the top of current literary writers

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    review Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka (Pdf Read) Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka How timely a consideration of the options and failures of the radical left in a dystopian political present But Zazen was

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    review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka (Pdf Read) Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka Portlandia meets Children of Men for a third wave feminist Fight Club Veselka excels at satirizing the escapist antics of organic radicals in an age of perceived US decline But in doing so does she paint herself into a corner? The resolution to make peace with our absurd and symptomatic reactions to perhaps even

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    review Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka review Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Vanessa Veselka Vanessa Veselka Ï 5 review This review was originally published at The Nervous Breakdown“From each according to his ability to each according to his need”—Karl MarxOne of the first books released by Red Lemonade the visionary new press brought to life

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  • ebook
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  • Zazen AUTHOR Vanessa Veselka
  • Vanessa Veselka
  • English
  • 17 August 2019
  • 9781935869146