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Knot

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on gifts, and her friend who recently died of cancer, and continuing the story of her own medical procedures

Solnit, R. (2013). Knot. In Solnit, R. The Faraway Nearby. Viking, pp. 117-140

(verb) to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of; appease

120

I propitiated the knife-wielding deities with presents of books.

Referring to her surgeons

—p.120 by Rebecca Solnit
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I propitiated the knife-wielding deities with presents of books.

Referring to her surgeons

—p.120 by Rebecca Solnit
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121

Sometimes to accept is also a gift. The anthropologist David Graeber points out that the explanation that we invented money because barter was too clumsy is false. It wasn't that I was trying to trade sixty sweaters for the violin you'd made when you didn't really need all that wooliness. Before money, Graeber wrote, people didn't barter but gave and received as needs and goods ebbed and flowed. They thereby incurred the indebtedness that bound them together, and reciprocated slowly, incompletely, in the ongoing transaction that is a community. Money was invented as a way to sever the ties by completing the transactions that never needed to be completed in the older system, but existed like a circulatory system in a body. Money makes us separate bodies, and maybe it teaches us that we should be separate.

—p.121 by Rebecca Solnit 3 years, 1 month ago

Sometimes to accept is also a gift. The anthropologist David Graeber points out that the explanation that we invented money because barter was too clumsy is false. It wasn't that I was trying to trade sixty sweaters for the violin you'd made when you didn't really need all that wooliness. Before money, Graeber wrote, people didn't barter but gave and received as needs and goods ebbed and flowed. They thereby incurred the indebtedness that bound them together, and reciprocated slowly, incompletely, in the ongoing transaction that is a community. Money was invented as a way to sever the ties by completing the transactions that never needed to be completed in the older system, but existed like a circulatory system in a body. Money makes us separate bodies, and maybe it teaches us that we should be separate.

—p.121 by Rebecca Solnit 3 years, 1 month ago

(noun) deceitfulness; untrustworthiness

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Even after losing the perfidious boyfriend

—p.122 by Rebecca Solnit
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Even after losing the perfidious boyfriend

—p.122 by Rebecca Solnit
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128

Others' woes can be used as reproaches and sometimes are: how dare you think about your own private suffering when wars are raging and children are being bombed? There is always someone whose suffering is greater than yours. The reproaches are often framed as though there is an economy of suffering, and of compassion, and you should measure yourself, price yourself, with the same sense of scarcity and finite resources that govern monetary economies, but there is no measure of either. In high doses suffering is boundless and incomparable and overwhelming. Though sometimes paying attention to others gives you perspective, and in suffering similar to your own you might find encouragement in knowing that you're not alone.

—p.128 by Rebecca Solnit 3 years, 1 month ago

Others' woes can be used as reproaches and sometimes are: how dare you think about your own private suffering when wars are raging and children are being bombed? There is always someone whose suffering is greater than yours. The reproaches are often framed as though there is an economy of suffering, and of compassion, and you should measure yourself, price yourself, with the same sense of scarcity and finite resources that govern monetary economies, but there is no measure of either. In high doses suffering is boundless and incomparable and overwhelming. Though sometimes paying attention to others gives you perspective, and in suffering similar to your own you might find encouragement in knowing that you're not alone.

—p.128 by Rebecca Solnit 3 years, 1 month ago

(noun) a staff for holding the flax, tow, or wool in spinning OR relating to women

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Women were spinsters before the word became pejorative, when distaff meant the female side of the family.

—p.131 by Rebecca Solnit
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Women were spinsters before the word became pejorative, when distaff meant the female side of the family.

—p.131 by Rebecca Solnit
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(noun, Greek mythology) protective mantle of Zeus given to Athena

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everything had gone well under her aegis

basically "shield"

—p.136 by Rebecca Solnit
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everything had gone well under her aegis

basically "shield"

—p.136 by Rebecca Solnit
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3 years, 1 month ago