Mary Gaitskill

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Oppositions by Mary Gaitskill review – wide-ranging, unsparing essays
From Nabokov to Talking Heads, these insightful and revealing pieces stubbornly reject groupthink

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

02, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Mary Gaitskill: ‘I have a nuanced mind, for better and worse’
The novelist and essayist on the disturbing power of Lolita, her regard for John Cheever, and her aversion to simplistic arguments

Anthony Cummins

06, Nov, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Take risks and tell the truth: how to write a great short story
Drawing on writers from Anton Chekhov to Kit de Waal, Donal Ryan explores the art of writing short fiction. Plus Chris Power on the best books for budding short story writers

Donal Ryan

14, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Mary Gaitskill: ‘The menopause had tremendous creative energy for me’
The novelist, 66, tells Megan Nolan about knowing how to behave, the terrors of climate change and appearing in her students’ dreams

Megan Nolan

12, Dec, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Mary Gaitskill: ‘I don’t like the word ‘harassment’ any more. That doesn’t always seem to be the right word’
Ever since her explosive debut Bad Behaviour, Gaitskill has dealt with pain and intimacy, sex and power. She explains why it was time to address #MeToo

Leslie Jamison

15, Nov, 2019 @10:58 AM

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This Is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill review – a moment of reckoning
The anger and ambiguities of #MeToo are masterfully distilled into the account of a complicated friendship

Sarah Hall

07, Nov, 2019 @9:00 AM

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This Is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill review – pitch perfect response to #MeToo
The American writer’s extraordinary novella tells the story of one man’s fall from grace with real nerve

Rachel Cooke

28, Oct, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Cat Person author Kristen Roupenian on the trouble with writing about sex
Mary Gaitskill’s collection Bad Behaviour has defined her career. Will a new generation of female writers be stereotyped in the same way?

Kristen Roupenian

03, Aug, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Short story roundup – prison, pregnancy and the pain of adolescent sexuality
The latest crop of short stories offers visceral truths from a range of viewpoints

Natasha Tripney

06, Aug, 2017 @9:00 AM

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Book reviews roundup: The Mare; The Allegations; White Sands
What the critics thought of The Mare by Mary Gaitskill, The Allegations by Mark Lawson and White Sands by Geoff Dyer

29, Jul, 2016 @3:00 PM

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The Mare by Mary Gaitskill review – bold, dramatic and deeply unsettling
A childless couple, a troubled inner-city kid and a volatile horse are the ingredients in a complex story of love, guilt and attachment

Alex Clark

21, Jul, 2016 @3:00 PM

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Mary Gaitskill: ‘Literature is not a realm for politeness’
Provocative US author Mary Gaitskill talks about writing, parenting and teaching in the age of ‘safe spaces’

Tim Adams

17, Jul, 2016 @7:00 AM

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