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Don't Cry by Mary Gaitskill
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Jun 22, 09

bookshelves: in-2k9, short-stories
Read in June, 2009

i have a soft place in my heart for mary gaitskill for various reasons but this book was kind of bad most of the time. i admire what she does, because it is beautiful and truly grotesque, but there comes a point where it gets boring. most of the characters felt like either representations of or foils to gaitskill and that actually made me uncomfortable. but then again, it usually makes me uncomfortable to read literary fiction about people who write literary fiction. the last two stories are good, and linked, and "the agonized face" i liked in spite of myself, just because it addresses ideas about women's sexuality -- and how dangerous it can be for women to fetishize their own sexuality -- that i think about a lot of the time. i also really enjoyed some parts of "mirror ball" but half of it could have been edited out and made a much more beautiful story. all in all, it is not the worst thing i've read, but definitely a disappointment after bad behavior.
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