Inciting Joy: Essays

Inciting Joy: Essays by Ross Gay is a collection of meditations on the deeper pleasures of joy as an emotion. Gay, a poet, wrote these essays over the course of the worst of the pandemic, a time when the search for joy felt even more urgent and necessary. He writes about joy as not just the opposite of darker emotions like sorrow and grief, but something that can accompany them, or even grow out of difficult situations. In the book, Gay shares his own memories of caring for his father as he was dying, the pleasures of sharing the spoils of a garden, and finds the beauty in the way that skateboarders have reimagined public spaces. In this eclectic collection, Gay ultimately finds joy in so many places, many of them unlikely at first glance. (Non-Fiction)