Any Person Is the Only Self: Essays

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5.55 X 8.26 X 0.65 inches | 0.47 pounds

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About the Author
Elisa Gabbert is the author of Normal Distance, The Unreality of Memory, and several other collections of poetry, essays, and criticism. She writes the On Poetry column for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic, The Believer, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and other publications.

Praise for Any Person Is the Only Self

"Gabbert is one of my favorite living writers, whether she's deconstructing a poem or tweeting about Seinfeld. Her essays are what I love most, and her newest collection--following 2020's The Unreality of Memory--sees Gabbert in rare form: witty and insightful, clear-eyed and candid. I adored these essays."
--Sophia M. Stewart, The Millions (Most Anticipated)

"Any Person is the Only Self is absolutely brilliant, full of clarity and mystery and light: Gabbert effs the ineffable, describes the impossible to describe--the state of reading, what it means to remember. I'm still thinking about these essays, by which I mean still thinking about Gabbert's own thoughts; I keep bringing them up in conversation. Elisa Gabbert is one of my favorite living writers."
--Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Souvenir Museum and Bowlaway

"Invigorating . . . [Gabbert's] lively commentary offers fresh takes on classic literature . . . [She] is an original thinker, and the literary analysis is refreshingly unstuffy. Bookworms will appreciate these intelligent essays."
--Publishers Weekly

"Elisa Gabbert is a reader's reader, smart and funny and endlessly insightful . . . Any Person Is the Only Self made me want to read even more than I already do, and to do so better and more deeply; long before I reached its last page, I knew I would begin it again the second I finished."
--Matt Bell, author of Appleseed and Refuse to Be Done

"It's hard to think of another essayist whose intellect is so inviting, so companionable, yet so confident and persuasive--Elisa Gabbert isn't just brilliant, she makes you feel brilliant too . . . Erudite, entertaining, inexhaustibly compelling."
--J. Robert Lennon, author of Pieces for the Left Hand and Let Me Think

"Any Person Is the Only Self again proves how lucky we are to have Elisa Gabbert--to be able to treat ourselves to her erudition, her capacious curiosity, her writerly verve, her good humor. . . . Insightful, funny, mind-expanding stuff, filled with quiet epiphanies and surprising delights."
--Isaac Butler, author of The Method

Praise for The Unreality of Memory

"Gabbert draws masterly portraits of the precise, uncanny affects that govern our psychological
relationship to calamity . . . bending crisp, clear language into shapes that illustrate the shifting
logic of the disastrous . . . [with] expansive curiosity and encyclopedic style."
--Alexandra Kleeman, The New York Times

"A voice for our anxious, wired times, if ever there was one."
--Hephzibah Anderson, The Guardian

"One of those books that send you to your notebook every page or so . . . A work of uncanny
--Robin Jones, The Paris Review

"[Gabbert] find[s] angles readers might not otherwise see . . . Like massive buildings, her
subjects are hard to fit in a single frame; she circles them, finding all the vantages she can."
--Megan Marz, The Washington Post

"The kind of essays that don't only teach you things, they leave you thinking harder and deeper
about what it means to live in this world."
--Lincoln Michel, BOMB