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Nobody's looking at you : essays
Nobody's looking at you : essays
Uniform Title:
Essays. Selections
First edition.
Physical Description:
289 pages ; 22 cm
Part I. Nobody's looking at you -- Performance artist -- The book refuge -- Three sisters -- The émigré -- The storyteller -- Part II. The art of testifying -- Special needs -- Comedy Central on the mall -- Pandora's click -- Part III. Dreams and Anna Karenina -- Socks -- The master writer of the city -- Women at war: a case of sexual harassment -- It happened in Milwaukee -- Sisters, lovers, tarts, and friends -- "A very sadistic man" -- Remember the ladies -- "I should have made him for a dentist".
"A collection of previously published essays and profiles by the legendary critic Janet Malcolm. The title piece of this wonderfully eclectic collection is a profile of the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, whose mother often said to her, "Nobody's looking at you." But in every piece in this volume, Malcolm looks closely and with impunity at a broad range of subjects, from Donald Trump's TV nemesis Rachel Maddow, to the stiletto-heel-wearing pianist Yuja Wang, to "the big-league game" of Supreme Court confirmation hearings. In an essay called "Socks," Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are seen as the "sort of asteroid [that] has hit the safe world of Russian Literature in English translation," and in "Dreams and Anna Karenina," the focus is Tolstoy, "one of literature's greatest masters of manipulative techniques." Nobody's Looking at You also includes "Pandora's Click," a brief, cautionary piece about e-mail etiquette that was written in the early two thousands, and that reverberates--albeit painfully--to this day."--provided by publisher.