Mary Gaitskill and the Life Unseen

By Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Magazine, Nov. 2, 2015 Gaitskill has produced a body of work so acutely observant of human behavior that it’s frequently described in the language of violation: a vivisection, a dental drill, a flogging. There is very rough sex in her books, and characters who binge eat and ripContinue reading “Mary Gaitskill and the Life Unseen”

Unmastered: A Book on Desire Most Difficult to Tell

By Parul Sehgal, Slate, June 7, 2013 Angel asks the same questions we always ask about desire: Why do I like what I like? Am I wrong to like what I like? and Why is it so hard to ask these questions anyway? But she poses them stylishly. The book edges forward in fragments—aphorisms, accusations,Continue reading “Unmastered: A Book on Desire Most Difficult to Tell”