Somebody With A Little Hammer

Somebody With A Little Hammer


Book - 2017 | First edition.
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From one of the most singular presences in American fiction comes a searingly intelligent book of essays on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal. Whether she's writing about date rape or political adultery or writers from John Updike to Gillian Flynn, Mary Gaitskill reads her subjects deftly and aphoristically and moves beyond them to locate the deep currents of longing, ambition, perversity, and loneliness in the American unconscious. She shows us the transcendentalism of the Talking Heads, the melancholy of Bj#65533;rk, the playfulness of artist Laurel Nakadate. She celebrates the clownish grandiosity and the poetry of Norman Mailer's long career and maps the sociosexual cataclysm embodied by porn star Linda Lovelace. And in the deceptively titled "Lost Cat," she explores how the most intimate relationships may be warped by power and race.

Witty, tender, beautiful, and unsettling, Somebody with a Little Hammer displays the same heat-seeking, revelatory understanding for which we value Gaitskill's fiction.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780307378224
Branch Call Number: 814.54 Gaits
Characteristics: vii, 272 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gaitskill, Mary 1954- Essays.


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Jun 26, 2017

Recommended! I'm still enthralled by Mary Gaitskill's craft and skill with conveying rich nuance. This is a collection of previously published essays. I'm wanting to purchase a copy of this, just so I can study her writing to understand and improve my own.


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ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 28, 2017

Gaitskill quotes from Chekov's "Gooseberries": "At the door of every contented, happy man somebody should stand with a little hammer, constantly tapping, to remind him that unhappy people exist, that however happy he may be, sooner or later life will show him its claws..."

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