Wayne Kostenbaum Reviews 2500 Random Things About Me Too


In a recent book review for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Wayne Koestenbaum refers to Matias Viegener’s 2500 Random Things About Me Too as one of his “FAVORITE BOOKS” (in all caps). As he describes why he enjoys the book, Koestenbaum details how Viegener’s writing affects his own process of thought:

My favorite books teach me how to think, or how to stop thinking; they encourage me to adopt a more permissive, openhearted, curious relation to the mind’s taxations. Matias Viegener’s 2500 Random Things About Me Too is such a book; it kindly provides a rest cure for my linguistic apparatus — the brain’s word-machine, a system of weights and measures, of pulleys and levers, that frequently experiences shutdown. Reading Viegener, I hope to learn from his authorial equanimity, the simplicity and tact of saying only the things that matter, whether or not they strike the scrupulous, monitoring consciousness as merely random.

Read Koestenbaum’s full essay at the Los Angeles Review of Books or at Salon, where the review was later republished.

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