Taking a Long Look: Essays on Culture, Literature and Feminism in Our Time

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$26.95  $24.79
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Verso
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Pages
304
Dimensions
5.6 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781788739771

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About the Author

Vivian Gornick is a writer and critic whose work has received two National Book Critics Circle Award nominations and been collected in The Best American Essays 2014. Growing up in the Bronx among communists and socialists, Gornick became a legendary writer for Village Voice, chronicling the emergence of the feminist movement in the 1970s, and a respected literary critic. Her works include the memoirs Fierce Attachments--ranked the best memoir of the last fifty years by the New York Times--The Odd Woman and the City, and Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader, as well as the classic text on writing, The Situation and the Story.

Reviews

"We all talk the talk about public intellectuals nowadays. Vivian Gornick walks the walk. The essays in Taking a Long Look could not be more direct, more authoritative, more alive with the pleasures of discovery or alert to the ambiguities of argument. Whether writing literary or political criticism, memoir, or feminist polemic, her mastery is assured."
--George Scialabba, author of How to Be Depressed

"[Taking a Long Look] is illuminating and a welcome addition to the astute critic's oeuvre."
--Publishers Weekly

"Vivian Gornick is more than a formidable intelligence, she's an entire sensibility. The essays collected here show how a mind shapes and becomes itself in engagement with the writers, thinkers, social facts and theories of her many days. The voice, at once her own and the expression of an entire culture--New York, working class, feminist, Jewish, both open-minded and skeptical--is a gift to be handed down from one generation to the next. "
--Marco Roth, author of The Scientists

"The lasting value of her work lies in her commitment to the question of what it means to feel 'expressive' to experience the feeling that tells a person 'not approximately, but precisely' who they are."
--Dayna Tortorici, The New York Review of Books

"Vivian Gornick is one of the most important essayists of all time. Whether writing on the self, feminism, isolation or politics, she is urgent, sharp-eyed and vital. A superb collection."
--SinΓ©ad Gleeson, author of Constellations

"An engaging collection of sharp, lively essays."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Taking a Long Look is a magisterial volume of essays which span fifty years of cultural and feminist interrogation."
--Lauren LeBlanc, Observer

"An exhilarating trip."
--Elodie Rose Barnes, Lucy Writers

"Gornick's work is frequently an examination of the seams of history and her unflinching focus shows how things might have been shaped, and perhaps still could be."
--Morning Star

"Incisive."
--New York Times