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Live Through This by Sabrina Chapadjiev
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Sep 30, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: writing-related, non-fiction, top-shelf

the introduction is skippable, as it usually is in any compilation like this. once again i feel the editor should have kept quiet and let the pieces speak for themselves, because boy, can they speak. also fantastic is that the pieces are not limited to essays, but include poems, drawings, cartoons and photographs. it's almost a more sophisticated, art-specific version of bornstein's 'hello cruel world'. really, really powerful.

also, the one thing the intro does do is explain that the impetus for this book was sarah kane's suicide, which is most of the reason i bought the book after reading an interview with the editor (in which she talked about SK), but i don't think it's really brought home as much as it could be, especially with the pieces that follow.
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