In Plato’s Phaedo, Socrates likens pleasure and pain to nails binding the soul to the body, resulting in a heavy, stained, monstrous identity, ultimately incapable of achieving the spiritual transcendence due to a true philosopher. Neon Daze is a raw record of the days when my mind dissolved into my body, or rather into my son’s brand new body. The footnotes, added a year later, attempt to explain the struggle and shame of articulating such bodily thoughts verbally. Neon Daze will be published by Victoria University Press, Wellington, in November 2019.
I’m so keen to own and love this book and give it to my friends. Wow.
She was my English teacher 🙂