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Lauren Elkin

Lauren Elkin is the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City (Chatto & Windus/FSG), which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and a finalist for the PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the GuardianLe Mondefrieze, and the London Review of Books, among others, and she is a contributing editor to The White Review. She is currently working on her next book, Art Monsters: On Beauty and Excess (Chatto & Windus/FSG).



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Maria Gainza’s ‘Optic Nerve’

Book Review

May 2019

Lauren Elkin

Book Review

May 2019

In his foreword to A Thousand Plateaus, on the pleasures of philosophy, and of Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy in particular, Brian Massumi writes:  ...

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Issue No. 8

Barking From the Margins: On écriture féminine

Lauren Elkin

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Issue No. 8

 I. Two moments in May May 2, 2011. The novelists Siri Hustvedt and Céline Curiol are giving a talk...

It is commonly agreed that desire is a self-perpetuating rather than substantive thing Everyone from George Bernard Shaw to Nietzsche to the Buddha himself has commented on the dissatisfaction inherent in obtaining what we want Desire is, we are told, an endlessly hungry beast, and to feed it is only to stoke its appetite If desire is itself mercurial and shifting, womanly desire is considered a particularly unreal quantity ‘The man’s desire is for the woman; but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man,’ said Coleridge, and this assumption is seen everywhere in art and in life, in woman as subject, woman as muse, woman as vessel   Desire always exists for its own sake, leading to nothing, meaning nothing, then But womanly desire is not even for its own sake It is for the sake of others The only desire women are supposed to feel is the desire to satiate the desires of men   This being our history, woman’s proactive desire being a relatively recent concept, there is often an absence of definition when we attempt to discuss it Can we talk about what woman’s desire is, rather than what it is not? Fire Sermon, this thrilling, maddening debut novel by acclaimed short story author Jamie Quatro, tries to do that   Fire Sermon sees Maggie Ellman – a devoutly religious mother of two, married to the dopily, blandly loyal Thomas – sort through the ecstasy and eventual grief of an adulterous relationship with James, a poet Maggie’s affair is largely emotional at first, a lengthy email correspondence exciting her need for intellectual play and earnest discussion of Christian faith with a fellow believer, neither of which are possible with Thomas   There follow painfully, arousingly repressed meetings, at a conference in Nashville and then in New York, and finally, a single night of intemperate sex in a hotel room in Chicago Fire Sermon is concerned with the aftermath of this night, with Maggie’s need to set the act into a religious framework, and the effect this catastrophic submission to desire has upon her belief in marriage and in

Contributor

August 2014

Lauren Elkin

Contributor

August 2014

Lauren Elkin is the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City (Chatto & Windus/FSG), which was a New York Times Notable...

The End of Francophonie: The Politics of French Literature

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Issue No. 2

Lauren Elkin

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Issue No. 2

I. We were a couple of minutes late for the panel we’d hoped to attend. The doors were closed and there was a surly-looking...

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Issue No. 3

Forkhead Box

Jeremy M. Davies

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Issue No. 3

What interests me most is that Schaumann, the state executioner, bred mice. In his spare time. Sirens, ozone, exhaust...

Interview

August 2016

Interview with Daniel Sinsel

Rosanna Mclaughlin

Interview

August 2016

In the decade after leaving Chelsea School of Art in 2002, Daniel Sinsel made a name for himself with...

Interview

September 2013

Interview with László Krasznahorkai

George Szirtes

Interview

September 2013

László Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary, in 1954, and has written five novels and several collections of essays...

 

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