Book browsing with Mary Gaitskill

March 5, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

One of my favourite authors on:

Roberto Bolaño – “He’s big and important and if you read him your ‘big and important quotient’ goes up 10 points.”

White Noise – “I didn’t like it so much. I feel free to say that because it’s like shooting spitballs at a tank.”

The Little Prince – “When I was in college and I took a French course, we had to read The Little Prince in French. It actually caused me to start blubbering in class.”

Her own work – “[‘An Old Virgin’ is] not bad line by line, it’s got some striking images in it. But, I feel like, mostly, when people call my work turgid and dark, they’re really just not being fair or accurate. But, guilty as charged with that story.”


2 Responses to “Book browsing with Mary Gaitskill”
  1. Kerry Clare says:

    So, if I want to begin reading Mary Gaitskill, where should I start?

  2. Steven W. Beattie says:

    I would start with either Bad Behavior, her first story collection, or Veronica, her second novel. Her first novel, Two Girls Fat and Thin, is the one I prefer, but it’s a harsher book, and may not be to everyone’s taste.