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Building ‘Delight Muscles’: A Book Discussion on Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights

ICJS scholars Heather Miller Rubens and Zeyneb Sayilgan led a conversation about Ross Gay’s critically acclaimed The Book of Delights, a collection of short daily essays recognizing and acknowledging the joy and wonder that can be found in life. Without ever invoking overtly spiritual language, Gay’s attentiveness to the small beauties, surprises, and quirks around him could arguably be called a spiritual practice.

Sayilgan and Miller Rubens read from their favorite short essays in the book and also shared their own practices and habits they use to find delight, from the Muslim and Roman Catholic traditions respectively. This extended conversation was followed by small group discussions in break-out rooms, where participants shared their own moments of joy and methods of finding delight.

This event was presented in partnership with the 2021 One Maryland One Book program of the Maryland Humanities Council. If you missed the discussion, be sure to watch the recording of the event.