Powerful Essays, Brilliant Criticism From Mary Gaitskill

Book review: Somebody With a Little Hammer, by Mary Gaitskill (Amazon / Book Depository) Novelist Mary Gaitskill, in her nonfiction essays, makes you think, and not just as you read. The content of these essays - in all their depth, humor, pain, wit, and wisdom - stays with you long after finishing. As does the feeling that... Continue Reading →

Essays on Famous Lives and Perceived Parallels

Book review: All the Lives I Want, by Alana Massey New York magazine columnist and cultural critic Alana Massey writes a collection of strange but compelling essays about "her best friends who happen to be famous strangers." They're amusing, some reach impressive analytical depth, and yet they're inconsistent in hitting their mark or striking the right... Continue Reading →

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