The Life of the Mind


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Hogarth Press
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5.12 X 7.95 X 0.55 inches | 0.39 pounds

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About the Author

Christine Smallwood's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, and Vice. Her reviews, essays, and cultural reporting have been published in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Bookforum, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine, where she is a contributing writer. She has also written the "New Books" column for Harper's Magazine, where she is a contributing editor, and been an editor at The Nation. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University, is a founding faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities.


"One of the wittiest, most deliciously farcical novels I've read in a long time."--Maureen Corrigan, NPR, Fresh Air

"Smallwood is . . . a delightfully stylish rambler; a conjurer of a heightened, carefully choreographed version of consciousness. Reading her is like watching an accomplished figure skater doing a freestyle routine."--John Williams, The New York Times

"This book made me laugh out loud."--The New York Review of Books

"[An] excellent debut."--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"Hilarious, recognizable, and helplessly wise--a perfect foil for its namesake."--Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors

"Brilliant and pleasurable, funny and dark, cerebral and visceral--a must-read for the bleeding human survivors of the modern age."--Melissa Broder, author of The Pisces and Milk Fed

"Smallwood's achievement is to describe, with humor and precision, the affective conditions--what Dorothy's students might call the 'vibe'--of a generation living at the end of the end of history but with very little sense of the future."--Maggie Doherty, The Nation

"Impossibly good, fizzy like a freshly shaken soda can . . . near-perfection. God, can Smallwood write."--The Believer

"Wholly original, ultra-precise and very funny... the perfect book for anyone who--consciously or not--narrativizes their life, and sometimes gets filled with an overwhelming sense
of dread that they've lost the plot."--Refinery29

"An intellectual page-turner that commands one's attention completely from the first sentence to the final line. . . urgent, essential reading for our troubling times."--Andrew Martin, author of Early Work and Cool for America

"Smart, sharp, often very funny. . . absolutely fearless."--Christopher Beha, author of The Index of Self-Destructive Acts