In the Land of Men
A naive and idealistic twenty-two-year-old from the Midwest, Adrienne Miller got her lucky break when she was hired as an editorial assistant at GQ ...more
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"I'm sorry I'm being so outspoken and bad-tempered," [David Foster Wallace] said. "I seem to have no filter when I ...more
I’ll keep this one brief because I dislike discussing books I didn’t enjoy, but I want to share the good with the bad when it comes to my book reviews.
In the Land of Men by Adrienne Miller: At 22, Adrienne Miller was hired as an editorial assistant at GQ magazine and at 25 she became the first woman to take on the role of literary editor of Esquire. I wanted to know about her unique struggles ...more
The book started out great. The author and I are approximately the same age. She's a girl from the Midwest who loved reading as a child. I am a girl from the Midwest who loved reading as a child. She got a job in NYNY working for a magazine. Wow! She got the job I thought I wanted when I was a young college graduate. Her experiences in the city were interesting. Her interactions with male colleagues was spot-on with regards to the way the ...more
I have mixed feelings about the material covering her relationship with David Foster Wallace. (This is more than half the book.) They were lovers and then later friends. He was ten years older than her, neurotic as hell, and haunted by many ...more
Also, there were just some metaphors and other ornaments that stopped me in my tracks: "My mind became an abandoned amusement park."!! "Clothes were ... armor and talismans ..[A]gainst fear--they were a way to assert your superiority ...more
I knew that any book where ...more
As a woman and a writer I could relate to so much of what she wrote about living in the land of men, which we still do (we live in a land where almost all major decisions and centers of power are still made & created by and for men). She writes with a lot of wit about dealing with uncannily abusive DFW and manages to capture why we love, despite all difficulties, people who are often dark and mean.
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