Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

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Passes Through ::: Passing For ::: Not Knowing

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pp. 5-10

Rob Stephenson’s Passes Through is the opposite of an easy or fun book, at least by current Oprah-ized standards. It is, rather, a limit text—one that takes writing to the edge of readability, then challenges us to invent new ways to speak about its strangeness. That is, it’s a text about textual and epistemological boundaries, ...

Dyad

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pp. 11-14

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One

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pp. 15-38

No one could stay in the gallery for more than five minutes. The heat and humidity were merciless. I was still collecting pictures. I would look at two of the photographs and go back out into the rain. I went in and out five times. Outside, I stood on the curb. I am always standing on the edge. Never pulled in for long. ...

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One

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pp. 39-56

He did, after all, have a deathbed conversion. Insight into evangelical thinking. Not always humanitarian, but useful. Dangerous visions conjured up strange old fears. Mediocre stuff filled in most of the gaps. Otherwise, the museum would become too overwhelming. He loved forbidden things. ...

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Ja, Mehr: La Mer

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pp. 57-126

I’ve arrived in the middle of something. My hands are numb. I can’t completely relax and enjoy chewing. I want it to be more than it is. And less pain in places I can’t quite locate. It keeps coming apart and I’m getting used to it. That’s a good sign. I’m not even sure when it started. ...

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Etceteras or An Epitome of Ruins

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pp. 127-206

The reader always starts at an end that begins. It’s time to admit I don’t know the whole story. It gets hard to balance the negative slant. Something had to go. The toxins. The gently sloping derangements of the years. These little scraps are supposed to preserve something. My intentions? ...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. 207-208

The following is an attempt to chronologically list many who, on the long zigzagging pathway towards this book, have contributed to its unfolding—through conversation, through kindness and encouragement, or by living life in some way that has inspired me (in some cases all three): ...

Back Cover

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pp. 209-209