A highly anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, bracingly goodrefreshing and welcome, that explores the myriad ways in which desire and commodification intersect.From graffiti gangs and Grand Theft Auto to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, in these essays, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. She asks what our privacy, our intimacy, and our own bodies are worth in the increasingly digital world of liking, linking, and sharing.Starting with Hodsons own work experience, which ranges from the mundane to the bizarreincluding modeling and working on a NASA Mars mission Hodson expands outward, looking at the ways in which the human will submits, whether in the marketplace or in a relationship. Both tender and jarring, this collection is relevant to anyone whos ever searched for what the self is worth.Hodsons accumulation within each piece is purposeful, and her prose vivid, clear, and sometimes even shocking, as she explores the wonderful and strange forms of desire. This is a fresh, poetic debut from an exciting emerging voice, in which Hodson asks, How much can a body endure? And the resounding answer: "Almost everything."...
|Title||:||Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
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Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays Reviews
What a great debut collection. I was surprised by how much I liked it after hearing her read part of "I'm only a Thousand Miles Away" (which is relatable in ways but possibly my least favorite essay in the book) at her launch event at Greenlight.
What a happy surprise to find how much I enjoyed her prose. I love the power of some of her simplest sentences:
"When he kissed me, it felt specific."
"I want to sleep until I'm someone else."
"I knew which rooms were bad and I entered them anyway. It was ...more
Chelsea Hodson is one of 3 or 4 living writers whose prose completely breaks me. I never feel comfortable in her essays... I’m blindfolded, at her mercy. I can’t tell if she’s holding a knife to my throat or her own. It doesn’t matter; someone is going to get hurt, and that’s the point. It’s a strange comparison, but I kept thinking of Flannery O’Connor... another writer whose work is like a mirror held up to the world only with all the bullshit ripped away. Both are fascinated by power and fear ...more
"Last week, I decided my friend, Erik, was both beautiful and impossible, and I felt it save my life in a way."
Okay friends, I'm going to say some honest things about this book, because I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review. That quote I used up there is not from final copy so it may not appear as written exactly but I wanted to pull out something to use as an example.
How did you react to that quote? I predict that your overall feelings about this book will have a lot to do ...more
i read pity the animal when it came out in 2014 and loved it, and in the four years since then, i've been eagerly anticipating the release of this essay collection. idk if my literary preferences have changed in those years or if i raised my expectations so high that i was bound to be disappointed, but i ended up feeling much more ambivalent about this book than i expected to. there are some great essays in here-- "pity the animal" holds up really well, and "i'm only a thousand miles away," "swo ...more
FUCK this was so good!!!!!
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
A real-life green girl (a la Zambreno).
Hodson's collection of essays was difficult to put down. I'd finish one and think it was time to stop reading and go to sleep or whatever, and make the mistake of reading the first line or paragraph of the next essay and be sucked in. This is a great read, especially if you enjoy essays and collections where the next topic might surprise you.