…its woman-centredness also hints at feminism’s dirty secret: that feminists might be feminists because they are supremely interested in themselves, even if that interest is in the shape of self-doubt. While Sheila says that it’s great to be a woman because what a female genius should be hasn’t yet been established, that is also the problem of being a woman.
I loved so many books this year, and I feel like I read more this year than in the past three combined. I just really needed books this year. Originally, my list was 15 books long, but then it felt sickening to publish a list of 15 books — almost like showing one’s naked body.
It’s a weird and tremulous thing to look at a list of the books you loved in a year — you see the inside of your mind and heart: what you were coping with in January, what mattered most in February and March, what you hope to be thinking about next year.
“With so much focus in our world on what young female sexuality ideally looks like, it’s a relief to see this portrait of what young female sexuality honestly feels like. Maidenhead is a mesmerizing and important novel, lying somewhere between the wilds of Judy Blume, Girls Gone Wild and Michel Foucault. It’s a thrilling, enlightening and really hot place to be.” — Sheila Heti
Oh look, Maidenhead’s over at Emily Books.
Sheila Heti and Tamara Faith Berger read with Chris Kraus in Toronto, and the super fun and very sexy event was covered in one of our #LitBeats earlier this year.
The career of a writer is always an exception. There is never one way it happens, but the temptation to draw conclusions from another writer’s experience is always there. Do you find it tempting to try to follow the path that someone has taken? This is a theme at the heart of How Should a Person Be?
If you missed 7x20x21 at Book Expo America, where Ryan Chapman and Ami Grecko hosted talks from Dan Wilbur, Sheila Heti, Nate Silver, and other interesting bookish people too, well that’s okay because there’s this video.
SH: Because I know I did love The Hills, like that was just — my mind blew open when I saw that for the first time. It just seemed so beautiful to me, actually.
EMK: Oh, it was a beautiful show. It was so beautiful.
SH: Yeah, especially the first season. I was just so confused. What is going on? Are these people real? Are they not? Who are they?