Somebody With A Little Hammer: Essays
Somebody with a Little Hammer: Essays
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 sheâs 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 BjÃ¶rk, the playfulness of artist Laurel Nakadate. She celebrates the clownish grandiosity and the poetry of Norman Mailerâs long career and maps the sociosexual cataclysm embodied by porn star Linda Lovelace. And in the deceptively titled âLost Cat,â she explores how the most intimate relationships may be warped by power and race.Â
Witty, tender, beautiful, and unsettling, Somebody with a Little Hammer displays the same heat-seeking, revelatory understanding for which we value Gaitskillâs fiction.
âGaitskillâs intuition . . . borders on clairvoyance. Her prescience is agenda-free, but itâs her exceptionally discerning writings on womenâLinda Lovelace, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clintonâthat make one wish she had (or even wanted) her...