Emily Books Quarterly #102
These essays were produced during our second three months in operation and they're about the three books we read during that time. Those books were: Sempre Susan, Sigrid Nunez's memoir being intensely mentored by Susan Sontag; Glory Goes and Gets Some, Emily Carter's stories about a woman who experiences both the exaltation of total debasement and the boring ordinary everydayness of redemption; and the buddhist, Dodie Bellamy's belletristic exploration of her breakup with an emotionally abusive spiritual teacher.
Emily Cooke used Sempre Susan
to inform her own description of a failed experience of mentoring. The same book inspired Minna Proctor to remember how confusing and sad it felt to surpass her mentor's achievements. Glory Goes and Gets Some
prompted Ruth Curry to think about addictions of all kinds, and to explain to herself the counterintuitive appeal of obvious badness. the buddhist
reminded Mitchell Sunderland of a one-night experience that had left him wondering about love in some of the same ways Dodie Bellamy does, and it made me think about ladyblogs, Lana del Rey, public suffering and writing as performance.
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