Thursday, June 22, 2017

Somebody with a Little Hammer: Essays

Somebody with a Little Hammer: Essays / Mary Gaitskill, 272 pp.

An unusual collection by the author of The Mare, this includes music, movie and book reviews.  A mixed bag, at least for me (I don't really 'get' music reviews and never read them...), but there were several standouts:

  • "The Trouble with Following the Rules: on "Date Rape," "Victim Culture," and Personal Responsibility" -  quietly thought provoking and discomfiting
  • "And It Would Not Be Wonderful to Meet a Megalosaurus: on Bleak House by Charles Dickens" - cuz, ya know, Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • "She's Supposed to Make You Sick: a Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn" - an astute review, and she feels the same way I do about Gone Girl

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