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  • Rachel Z. Arndt with Spencer Mestel

    Rachel Z. Arndt’s essays collection, Beyond Measure (Sarabande) is an exploration of the rituals, routines, metrics and expectations through which we attempt to quantify and ascribe value to our lives. What does being habitually early or late say about one’s character? How many sleep studies does it…

    Rachel Z. Arndt’s essays collection, Beyond Measure (Sarabande) is an exploration of the rituals, routines, metrics and expectations through which we attempt to quantify and ascribe value to our lives. What does being habitually early or late say about one’s character? How many sleep studies does it take to prove a case of narcolepsy? With mordant humor and penetrating intellect, she casts her gaze beyond event-driven narratives to the machinery underlying them: judo competitions measured in weigh-ins and wait times; the significance of the elliptical's stationary churn; the standardized height of kitchen countertops; the rote scripts of dating apps; the stupefying sameness of the daily commute.

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