CURIOSITIES is a new book by Raul Guerrero.
A memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life, very much like a photograph in its selective composition. It may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It’s not; it’s a deliberate construction.
CURIOSITIES examines language and sex in a collage of essays, vignettes, reflections, lectures, fictional passages, poetry, chronicles and dreams. It is a personal account of an era.
A definition is incomplete without a word on what it is not. Curiosities is not a language manual. It’s not pornography. It is not a history text. It is not an autobiography in the traditional sense of sequencing the actions and consequences to portrait a lifetime.
An apt analogy is a literary anthology, an exercise in exclusion more than inclusion. The editor of an anthology must select twenty stories from thousands. This memoirist cherry-picked from three million four hundred and fifty thousand hours contained in the six decades and a half considered the most productive, the hours that best address the blunt question of who one is.
While organized chronologically, each chapter can be read independently.
Read the opening chapter, Love.