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Voice of Hearing (2020)

Vivian Darroch-Lozowski

(more details soon – Fall 2020 release)

Contemplative, intricate, here the philosopher Vivian Darroch-Lozowski develops a phenomenology of hearing. Where theorizing is a present-tense action. Where a landscape teaches waiting. Where to be in a body is to gesture to another. Where subjectivity is the transformation of language. Where attention releases nascent energy. Where to hear is also to transform. Where myth is a gate. A close attending to this text, which is also a unicorn, will delicately open the reader’s time-sense.

—Lisa Robertson, author of Cinema of the Present, The Weather, Nilling, and The Baudelaire Fractal

“What is on these pages is what I am which is what I have never been”: Vivian Darroch-Lozowski’s meditation on coming into being through the act of writing is at once familiar scenario —a narrating of the process of creation— and distinctive unswerving unscrolling improvisation. Its visionary sensibility and self-exegesis and sheer blizzardy accumulation of word, image, observation, and insight attunes to the play of sound in ways that make radical modes of hearing fundamental to its ethos.

—David Grubbs, author of The Voice in the Headphones, Now that the audience is assembled, and Records Ruin the Landscape

Vivian Darroch-Lozowski is Professor Emerita of the University of Toronto. Her writings and visual works cover different genres: scholarly, literary, creative non-fiction, artist books, painting/drawing and film. Her books include Notebook of Stone, Antarctica Body, Blue Cloud, Surface of the Living World, and The Uncoded World. Her recent project was returning 160 acres of agricultural land to natural prairie with wetlands. She lives in Moose Jaw, Treaty 4 Territory, Saskatchewan.

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