the buddhist

the buddhist

Crushes are the best.  They are also the worst.  In the buddhist Dodie Bellamy renders both of these extremes with precision and immediacy, using the lens of her own breakup with a Buddhist teacher. The book began as a blog that...

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No More Nice Girls

No More Nice Girls

Do you believe in the radical possibilities of pleasure, babe? Ellen Willis sure did. This collection of essays about feminism, identity politics, drugs and sex is funny, mind-altering reading that's even more relevant than it was when it was published....

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Making Scenes

Making Scenes

There are a lot of horrifying yet quotidian experiences that fiction rarely depicts. This book is full of them. But its narrator isn't trying to shock or disgust you, or to provoke your sympathy.  She is simply describing: incest, bulimia,...

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Inferno (a poet's novel)

Inferno (a poet's novel)

"My English teacher's ass was so beautiful."  From its first sentence, Eileen Myles's Inferno captivates. Winding through the story of linked incidents in her life, Myles writes about being a writer, being a woman, being a lesbian, the 1980s...

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Glory Goes and Gets Some

Glory Goes and Gets Some

These stories follow our heroine Glory from a privileged but horrible Upper East Side childhood to the East Village and heroin addiction to rehab in Minnesota and HIV diagnosis.  In Minneapolis, Glory discovers the boring-slash-transcendent everyday life that's her reward...

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Maidenhead

Maidenhead

On Spring Break vacation with her family in Key West, a 16 year old Canadian named Myra wanders away from her family and becomes initiated into a fascinating and possibly dangerous world of sexual perversity. Myra continues to explore her newly...

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My Misspent Youth

My Misspent Youth

"Earlier this summer I was walking down West End Avenue in Manhattan and remembered, with a sadness that nearly knocked me off my feet, just why I came to New York seven years ago and just why I am...

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One More For The People

One More For The People

In 2008, Martha Grover was diagnosed with Cushing's disease, a rare hormonal disorder whose 81 symptoms include "electric shock sensations under the skin," "changes in body odor," and "minimal scarring." Martha moved back in with her family, worked at...

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Sempre Susan

Sempre Susan

Sempre Susan is novelist Sigrid Nunez's brief, stinging memoir of her life tucked under the wing of Susan Sontag, who was her mentor, great influence, tormentor, and boyfriend's mother.  At the age of 25, Nunez, a recent Columbia grad, came...

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Cassandra at the Wedding

Cassandra at the Wedding

Cassandra is the witty, high-maintenance, suicidal, gay identical twin of conventional, practical, family-minded Judith. The twins, after a period of creepily-extreme intimacy that lasted into their early twenties, have gone their separate ways, but now they're reuniting at their...

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