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Yet he wrestles sculpture away from the obstreperousness and soullessness of minimalism to create work with spirit, joy, and internal animation.
The author wants his wife to read, to chew on (he often directs her to think about this or that), to digest, to become the book, to be morally good and fiscally prudent with his resources, treating him well in his body, keeping fleas out of his bed, and easing his mind of having to deal with wifely obstreperousness and error and threats to his reputation.
Obstreperousness is not usually the wisest, strategy.