PRAISE FOR THIN PLACES…
"Jordan Kisner’s essays are like intricate tattoos: etched with a sharp and exacting blade of intellect, but made of flesh; richly drawn in their details; comprised of equal parts pleasure and pain. Like tattoos, their natural habitat is that strange borderland where our skin meets the world—where we confront our edges, or everything we can’t keep out. Always, and thrillingly, they look inward and outward with exacting grace."
- Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams & The Recovering
“Jordan Kisner ventures into the operating room where a surgeon inserts an electrode into a patient’s brain. She travels to a forest whose now-imperiled trees – quaking aspens -- have been alive a “since humans began to use tools, and possibly since we discovered fire.” She mingles with the debutantes of Laredo Texas as they navigate the fraught space between Wasp and Hispanic privilege; she mingles with a group of Mormon women as they work for progressive political change. Wherever she is, Kisner probes the ambiguities that we live and dream, exploring the spaces where, in her words, “Distinctions between you and – not-you, real and and unworldly, fall away.” She is a tender but fierce writer; rigorous and wise.”
- Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland
"Jordan Kisner sees reality with a telescopic, infrared focus uniquely suited to illuminating the hidden, forgotten, or obscured nooks of our cultural moment, excavating the longings and unspoken affinities that lie just beneath the surface. With revelatory grace and insight, these essays refract the world you might think you know in a new and brilliant light."
- Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine
"Jordan Kisner’s essays are a bewitchingly original and highly personal synthesis of incisiveness, gracefulness, thoughtfulness, and selflessness. She is an intellectual empath with the deepest moral instincts and a willingness to consider herself alongside her subjects, as a person no more or less worthy of attention. Her work gives me the feeling that I’m being told an urgent secret about humanity that is meant to be savored, then shared."
- Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock
These singular "encounters with the ineffable" are full of risk and daring, urgency and contact. They confront species of belief head-on without relinquishing doubt. Beautifully lyrical and observant, Kisner's fresh voice speaks with uncanny consolation to this extreme, seemingly apocalyptic moment.
- Phillip Lopate, author of Portrait Inside My Head