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This Is Running for Your Life: Essays

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Over the past fifteen years, technology and a will to connect at all costs has transformed the way we produce and consume art and redefined how relationships are built. In This Is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange examines technology and culture—from smartphones to social networks—to figure out how the rapidly changing times inform our sense of self.

 

This lyrical collection ranges from the critical to the journalistic to the deeply personal. Orange takes us from Hawaii for the American Psychiatric Associations annual conference to her grandmothers retirement home in Nova Scotia. She takes us to the movies, where she considers the evolution of the “dream girl” from bombshell to manic pixie, and the impact this has on womens relationships with themselves and with others. Orange combines moving personal accounts with incisive critical analysis to decode a world that is now mediated by images and interactivity. With the insight of Joan Didion and the empathy of Geoff Dyer, Orange unveils the paradigm shift in the culture, in our lives, and in the way our memories and identities are formed.

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"In this whip-smart, achingly funny collection, film critic Orange (The Sicily Papers) trains her lens on aging, self-image, and the ascendancy of the marketing demographic, among other puzzles of the Facebook generation. In one standout essay, she chronicles the battles behind the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Hawaii's war memorial 'adventure' packages and sunny tourist boutiques serve as fitting backdrops for her chronicle of a psychiatry convention caught up in Big Pharma's lucrative cult of the brand name. Other essays are deeply personal: in an account of a grim nursing home visit, Orange recalls how the movies forged her bond with a grandmother made distant by periodic depressions — and, in turn, how their visits to the cinema when she was young shaped Orange's love for the movies. In another meditation, she traces the parallel escape routes film and running offered in college, as she struggled for a sense of self. Other topics include the evolution of the 'dream girl,' the romance of the tragedy-driven artist, and the unsettling birth of 'neurocinema,' a market research technique based on MRI scans. Though a travel memoir on Beirut falls out of step with the other pieces, this only testifies to the overall coherence of a collection whose voice feels at once fresh and inevitable. Agent: Melissa Flashman, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Michelle Orange uses the lens of pop culture to decode the defining characteristics of our media-drenched times

In This Is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange takes us from Beirut to Hawaii to her grandmothers retirement home in Canada in her quest to understand how people behave in a world increasingly mediated—for better and for worse—by images and interactivity. Oranges essays range from the critical to the journalistic to the deeply personal; she seamlessly combines stories from her own life with incisive analysis as she explores everything from the intimacies we develop with celebrities and movie characters to the troubled creation of the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

     With the insight of a young Joan Didion and the empathy of a John Jeremiah Sullivan, Orange dives into popular culture and the status quo and emerges with a persuasive and provocative book about how we live now. Her singular voice will resonate for years to come.

Synopsis:

In This Is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange takes us from Beirut to Hawaii to her grandmothers retirement home in Canada in her quest to understand how people behave in a world increasingly mediated—for better and for worse—by images and interactivity. Oranges essays range from the critical to the journalistic to the deeply personal; she seamlessly combines stories from her own life with incisive analysis as she explores everything from the intimacies we develop with celebrities and movie characters to the troubled creation of the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

     With the insight of a young Joan Didion and the empathy of a John Jeremiah Sullivan, Orange dives into popular culture and the status quo and emerges with a persuasive and provocative book about how we live now. Her singular voice will resonate for years to come.

About the Author

Michelle Orange is the author of The Sicily Papers and the editor of From the Notebook: The Unwritten Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her fiction, essays, criticism, and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Village Voice, The Globe and Mail, Movieline.com, and McSweeneys, among other publications. She is a founding contributing editor of The Rumpus.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374533328
Author:
Orange, Michelle
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 Black-and-White Illustrations
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this whip-smart, achingly funny collection, film critic Orange (The Sicily Papers) trains her lens on aging, self-image, and the ascendancy of the marketing demographic, among other puzzles of the Facebook generation. In one standout essay, she chronicles the battles behind the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Hawaii's war memorial 'adventure' packages and sunny tourist boutiques serve as fitting backdrops for her chronicle of a psychiatry convention caught up in Big Pharma's lucrative cult of the brand name. Other essays are deeply personal: in an account of a grim nursing home visit, Orange recalls how the movies forged her bond with a grandmother made distant by periodic depressions — and, in turn, how their visits to the cinema when she was young shaped Orange's love for the movies. In another meditation, she traces the parallel escape routes film and running offered in college, as she struggled for a sense of self. Other topics include the evolution of the 'dream girl,' the romance of the tragedy-driven artist, and the unsettling birth of 'neurocinema,' a market research technique based on MRI scans. Though a travel memoir on Beirut falls out of step with the other pieces, this only testifies to the overall coherence of a collection whose voice feels at once fresh and inevitable. Agent: Melissa Flashman, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Michelle Orange uses the lens of pop culture to decode the defining characteristics of our media-drenched times

In This Is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange takes us from Beirut to Hawaii to her grandmothers retirement home in Canada in her quest to understand how people behave in a world increasingly mediated—for better and for worse—by images and interactivity. Oranges essays range from the critical to the journalistic to the deeply personal; she seamlessly combines stories from her own life with incisive analysis as she explores everything from the intimacies we develop with celebrities and movie characters to the troubled creation of the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

     With the insight of a young Joan Didion and the empathy of a John Jeremiah Sullivan, Orange dives into popular culture and the status quo and emerges with a persuasive and provocative book about how we live now. Her singular voice will resonate for years to come.

"Synopsis" by , In This Is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange takes us from Beirut to Hawaii to her grandmothers retirement home in Canada in her quest to understand how people behave in a world increasingly mediated—for better and for worse—by images and interactivity. Oranges essays range from the critical to the journalistic to the deeply personal; she seamlessly combines stories from her own life with incisive analysis as she explores everything from the intimacies we develop with celebrities and movie characters to the troubled creation of the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

     With the insight of a young Joan Didion and the empathy of a John Jeremiah Sullivan, Orange dives into popular culture and the status quo and emerges with a persuasive and provocative book about how we live now. Her singular voice will resonate for years to come.

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