Synopses & Reviews
Few writers today have created more stir than Daphne Merkin, who is admired as much for her personal daring as for the wit and power of her prose. Whether writing about her own cosmetic surgery "fix", the subversive thrill of shoplifting, or the seductive fantasies of lesbianism, Merkin is tough-minded, compulsively readable, and at times recklessly candid. The bold and startling title essay, in which she confronts the demons of the Holocaust, is an example of this gifted, provocative writer at her most affecting. And the now-celebrated essay on the sexual pleasures of spanking, which caused a sensation when it was first published in the New Yorker, is Merkin at her best bold, bracingly intelligent, richly entertaining, illuminating the often tragicomic secrets that is the true story of how we live now.
"The poignant title piece, revolving around her adolescent dream of meeting Hitler and trying to convince him that he really doesn't hate the Jews, is especially moving." Publishers Weekly
"Lush and uncensored." Village Voice
"Everything Daphne Merkin writes is so smart, it shines." Washington Post Book World
"Great fun to read, they are also insightful and thought-provoking." Library Journal
An entertaining collection of maverick essays by an extraordinary writer. Whether writing about the pleasures of spanking, losing her religion, rock 'n' roll, the erotic lure of the movies, her own failed marriage, or other vexed subjects, Daphne Merkin is alway compulsively readable, tough-minded, recklessly candid, and controversial.
“Lush and uncensored” essays (Village Voice) on spanking during sex, shopping, Martin Scorcese, Israel, breast reduction, Gary Gilmore, depression, and other matters, by “one of the few contemporary essayists who have (and deserve) a following” (New York). “Everything Daphne Merkin writes is so smart, it shines” (Washington Post Book World).
About the Author
Merkin was born and raised in New York City. She is currently movie critic for the New Yorker.