From its opening fragment on "Fragments" to its "Possibly dolorous tropical lyrical coda
," Simon Critchley
's new book is a pleasure to hold in the hand and the mind. ABC of Impossibility
(Univocal Publishing, 2015) is a collection of fragments and a catalog of "impossible objects": poetry, America, emptiness, indirection, money, and more. Thoughts and jokes and quotes and small essays ranging from one line to several pages are arranged in a sequence that plays with unusual juxtapositions and acts as a form of "counterpoint," riffing on and playing off of the work of Pessoa and Augustine and Rousseau and Blake and Heidegger and others. This is a thoughtful and playful book about time, and the sea, and humor, and loss, and slavery, and the importance of unlearning. Highly recommended!