Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Saturday February 25, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Mary Gaitskill

 

continued

sadomasochism or the pathway to a deadly disease. Yet what was most troubling about these stories was the dark allure of their world.

In Gaitskill's recent novel Veronica, the title character laments to the narrator, after overhearing a casual comment at a showing of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs, "Everything we did is being erased. . . . They're denying it all. They're taking it all away." It is one of many moments in the book where cultural loss seems personally overwhelming. The novel is about the sad end of something, but it's also about what comes after the end, and that is a new thing in Gaitskill's fiction.

To tell this story, Gaitskill has found a way to jump back and forth in time, as easily as if sifting through a photo album. There is no jarring when Gaitskill summarizes four decades of attitude — "For a while, 'we' were loving; then we were alienated and angry, then ironic, then depressed. Although we are at war with terror, fashion magazines say we are sunny now. We wear bright colors and choose moral clarity" — because her characters have embodied all those changes.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Today's Events Today's Events
Map of Restaurants with Delivery Available Map of Restaurants with Delivery Available
Calendar This Week - Networking & Career Development Calendar This Week - Networking & Career Development
Fresh Start - Fake Ad: December 2016 Fresh Start - Fake Ad: December 2016
Pale Flower - Japanese film noir Pale Flower - Japanese film noir
Magic Pond Magic Pond
Dave Douglas - The versatility of the long-dist... Dave Douglas - The versatility of the long-dist...
Hip Hop Sock Hop - Fake Ad: January 2017 Hip Hop Sock Hop - Fake Ad: January 2017
NOTE TO SELF RE NEXT CHRISTMAS, by Mary A. Jones NOTE TO SELF RE NEXT CHRISTMAS, by Mary A. Jones
Ann Arbor Nightspots: Session Room Ann Arbor Nightspots: Session Room
Victors For Art February 18th through June 11th