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Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
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really liked it
bookshelves: 80s-90s
Recommended to Maia by: Kristin L. Hart
Read 6 times. Last read January 1, 1990.

The first Mary Gaitskill stories--including the famous 'Secretary' of the James Saper infamous movie of same name--and in many ways, her very bets writing. IMHO, Gaitskill has few rivals in modern American short story writing. Not only is she fearless (even ruthless) in her examination of life, human nature and existence itself, but her mastery of the form, her choice of words, her collection of sentences, is simply stunning.

Years ago, I was lucky enough to have her as a visiting professor in college. It was a 3-month advanced fiction writing workshop in which she did very little indeed (she is as strange in person as her voice appears in her writing) but the little she DID do, was extraordinary. Afterwards, we all remembered the things she had pointed out, the whys and what-ifs, the tiny red marks on our papers that in the end, meant everything
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January 1, 1990 – Finished Reading
August 12, 2009 – Shelved
August 12, 2009 – Shelved as: 80s-90s

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Chris Gager Spader


Matilda best not bets - but never mind. Nice review.


message 3: by Sarra (new) - added it

Sarra James Spader, not Saper.


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