3002: Nice Piece on the Mind/Body Hierarchy

Here’s Nicola Griffith’s “Writing from the Body,” a great discussion of attitudes toward human bodies and their history. Griffith is an outspoken mystery and science fiction writer from the UK, not a professional scholar; so her history of ideas has its limits — there are, for example, some religious traditions that are kinder to the body than those she mentions. But the piece works beautifully as a critique of the belief that our bodies are nothing but a hindrance, somehow distinct from our real selves, and we should ideally just give them up and spend our lives frolicking in cyberspace rather than concerning ourselves with their fates in the material world (If the narrow text or the bright yellow border impair your reading, it’s worth cutting and pasting onto a document and reading it then. Lively writing).


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